A working theory for 2017: Teleprompters are trying to throw humans off their game to ultimately plot a robot world takeover.
Here’s the proof so far — One conked out on Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes earlier in January. Now, on Wednesday night, another one cut out as Kristen Bell was presenting the Favorite Humanitarian Award to Tyler Perry at the People’s Choice Awards.
The actor, producer and director was being recognized for his charitable work with The Tyler Perry Foundation, generously donating to organizations like the NAACP, Charity Water and Feeding America.
“With this guardian angel at our side … the teleprompter has gone out,” Bell sheepishly told the audience while listing Perry’s accomplishments. Still, she managed to recover quickly. “But I suppose I can finish. With this guardian angel at our side, I think we’re all incredibly grateful to have someone like him that can teach us to grow and give back as the example.”
That was some Veronica Mars–level quick thinking. Bell later explained the snafu to the audience, saying that she wished she’d had her speech memorized.
Don’t worry, Kristen: It happens. And you didn’t even attempt a Chris Rock impression.
It looks like people on Twitter had her back, too.
Check out Perry’s acceptance speech below, and get inspired to help others — teleprompter or not.