The date was May 8, 2006, at the BBC Television Centre in West London. A producer was sent to the reception area to retrieve Guy Kewney, a tech expert set to speak on the pending court cases between Apple Corps and Apple computers. She asks the receptionist where he is, the receptionist points to a man sitting on a couch. The producer puts a mic on the man, seats him opposite a news anchor, and the interview begins.
Everything seemed to go off without a hitch, until the reporter introduced Guy Kewney and the man in the chair made a face that read “Oh no, but I’m not…and you are…but I can’t…OK, screw it.” Perhaps it’s at this very moment that the producer realized that Guy Kewney was still being held in the green room and the man in the chair was Guy Goma, a business graduate waiting to interview for an IT job at the station.
The reporter started by asking hard questions regarding the Beatles record label and Apple. After Guy Goma tries to explain that he isn’t who she thinks he is, in his own humble and charming way, he makes an attempt to trudge through the interview and answer her questions as Guy Kewney, fully assuming his mistaken identity and solidifying his place in wackiest news bloopers history.
After the interview, it didn’t take long for the clip to go viral and for Guy to become a star. He made several TV appearances on Have I Got News for You, Friday Night With Johnathan Ross and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.
Guy eventually made it back to BBC to interview for the data support cleanser IT job, but he unfortunately was not offered the position.
Now, 10 years have passed and although Guy’s whereabouts are unknown, his presence remains in the one place it matters: Twitter. Several users took to the social media site to pay homage to the man who would have inspired a million memes and gifs (if they were around then).
This may be controversial, but I’d say Guy was actually in the right place at the right time.
Now, Guy continues to trend on Twitter and many wish him well, wherever he may be. Maybe Guy will resurface one day, and when he does, there will be no mistaking who he is.
Check out the original interview with Guy Goma below:
Could watch this on repeat. Happy 10 year anniversary Guy Goma https://t.co/foJUA9daFP— Helena (@helenaybrad) May 17, 2016
I legitimately think the popularity of the Guy Goma interview's 10th anniversary helped save the BBC— Jack Dudley (@duddersj) May 12, 2016
Guy Goma, hero to us all. https://t.co/7QOzwn6BEF— Shelf-Taught Writer (@chuckspear) May 12, 2016
(Photo: BBC NEWS)