Hot Mic Mayhem Strikes Democrat Debate In Awkward Interruption

An awkward moment straight out of The Naked Gun unfolded at Wednesday night's 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates, after the microphones belonging to the first hour's moderators were left on while they were backstage. 

As second hour moderator Chuck Todd began to ask a gun control question, former moderators José Díaz-Balart and Savannah Guthrie could be heard having a conversation backstage which included the phrases "I need to go to the restroom" and "someone's got my binder." 

A visibly steamed Todd turned to fellow moderator Rachel Maddow and said "We are hearing our colleagues audio. If the control room could turn off the mics of our previous moderators...," making the best of it. 

"We prepared for everything. We did not prepare for this," Maddow replied. 

The interruption marked an mildly entertaining spectacle as 10 Democrats shouted over each other to make the same exact points, sometimes in Spanish. 

First Cory Booker:

Then Beto O'Rourke: 

Let's see what happens during Thursday night's debate, which will include Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders among others. Hopefully NBC can better manage their equipment.