MSNBC’s Ali Velshi tried to snag an interview with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at a summit in Davos, Switzerland, and the ensuing chase was television gold.
In the middle of his reporting, Velshi turned around like a dog chasing its own tail and was told that Netanyahu was right behind him.
“Let me just go over for a second. You can stay with me and we’ll listen to what this conversation is now,” Velshi said before making his way over to the press gaggle surrounding Netanyahu.
“How are you, sir? NBC news,” Velshi said as a security guard stopped him. “Just wanted to speak to — speak to the — if possible — all right, we’ve got tight security here.”
“We’re not going to be able to get any closer to the prime minister,” Velshi concluded.
Velshi talked some more to MSNBC viewers before Netanyahu passed behind him again.
“We’re taking a look over here. Prime minister, do you want to come and talk to NBC? We’re live right now. Come and say hello to viewers,” Velshi said as the PM passed.
Netanyahu seemed to recognize Velshi and said, “you’re with CNN!” before giving him a handshake.
“I’m with MSNBC now. Thanks for watching. Good to see you, sir,” Velshi gushed.
“Ali, right there, right there, Benjamin Netanyahu told the world he has been your fan for decades. Bravo to you, my partner,” Velshi’s coanchor Stephanie Ruhle praised.