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If you were watching Fox News on Friday night, you might have managed to catch The Ingraham Angle with host Laura Ingraham.
In the show’s “Friday Follies” segment, Ingraham and contributor Raymond Arroyo covered the week’s topics, including Brett Kavanaugh protests and selfie deaths. At the very end of the segment, Arroyo pulled out a six-pack of Bud Light as a mocking nod to the anti-Kavanaugh protesters who brought red Solo cups and chanted “I like beer” near Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s D.C. home.
Arroyo claimed that the protestors were drunk when they marched on McConnell’s home at 7:30am, and he expressed sympathy for McConnell for having to endure the protests at such an early hour.
As Ingraham was preparing to end the segment, Arroyo pulled out the brewskis, saying, “I thought, just to bring it all together, Laura.”
“I like beer,” Ingraham replied. Arroyo pulled out his phone to snap a photo of the two—apparently in reference to this selfie statistic—saying, “Smile. Do we have it? Wait …”
Ingraham then urged him to move to the edge of his seat, which caused Arroyo to fall.
Keeping with the joke, Ingraham frantically asked the medic to check on Arroyo. “Help him,” she said.
But in reality, the fall was actually a fake one—a planned stunt.
“For all of you concerned viewers, @RaymondArroyo’s fall during our Kavanaugh-Toast selfie was a JOKE…a pratfall after a long week,” Ingraham said in a tweet on Friday night. “#Laughter #selfiecide.”
Arroyo backed up Ingraham’s statement, saying, “I’m fine…all planned, folks. Thanks for caring and watching.”
But that didn’t stop Fox News viewers from freaking out online.
What just happened to @RaymondArroyo - did he just fall on the floor and you just kept going? LMAO— Jacks (@jay2zo) October 6, 2018
Geez I'm so happy to hear that! It is still YouTube where they and I loved it but I'm glad everyone is okay! Unfortunately @lisamurkowski didn't fall out of the chair on live tv but she's made a much bigger ass of herself.— PickleDan (@Pickle_danny) October 6, 2018
Did you mean to fall out of your chair, @RaymondArroyo ? I am hoping you simply were illustrating the point about selfies!— Andrea Maria (@AndyCasarolle) October 6, 2018
@IngrahamAngle oh my God!!!!! Is Raymond Arroyo okay??????That was a nasty fall😲😲😲😲😲🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸— Norma Ordonez (@NormaOrdonez9) October 6, 2018
@RaymondArroyo you got me with that fall. Are u ok? I watched it live and I was like oh my goodness and then started to laugh. I’m sorry.— 🇺🇸Shirley Hooker🇺🇸 (@HookerShirley) October 6, 2018
I saw you fall Raymond and now I am worried about you! @IngrahamAngle— mary christie (@peaceischrist) October 6, 2018
Are you all right after your fall? We kept hearing Laura Ingraham telling you to get closer to the edge. Sounds like a lawsuit to me.— James D. Thornton (@JamesDThornton1) October 6, 2018
But some were in on the joke:
Whoever took that fall seriously did not watch the previous segment where they said 250 people die from taking selfies. You guys need to stop watching clips from YouTube and actually watch the whole show before making judgements.— Chris Ford (@14letterscorp) October 6, 2018
I saw you extend your arm to soften the fall. I got it.— OlCurt (@OlCurt66) October 6, 2018
Did you notice the segment they were discussing?— Joseph (@Alfred_2009) October 6, 2018
It was a bit on people getting hurt and dying while taking selfies, which is what they proceeded to do with the beer.
I can't believe people thought it was a real fall! 😂
Nahhh! Ray was obviously fall down drunk.— Willypants (@Willypants60) October 6, 2018
During the segment, Ingraham and Arroyo also mocked diversity on corporate boards and laughed at more Kavanaugh protests.
H/T Business Insider
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.