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Excerpt of broadcast from ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ as 9/11 was unfolding

Excerpt of broadcast from ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ as 9/11 was unfolding

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  • CrimsonKepala

    I will never be able to forget as a kid getting pulled out of school and watching the news. I recognized a body falling at one point and it really hit me how full of terror the people in that building and around it must have been.

  • TheRealReapz

    I was in an IRC chat room when this happened (night time in my part of the world). I still have the logs somewhere, we couldn’t believe it!

  • johnn48

    I was driving into work to supervise 4 banquets. One was the sales staff of a company in the second tower. We’re in San Diego and they were trying to arrange transportation back to NY with all air traffic grounded. They ultimately had to rent a van to drive back. They were the sole employees of their company. The chaos that day was heartbreaking, all their colleagues missing and a cross country drive in front of them.

  • Tronvillain

    I’m 34, so I got to have 12 years of remembering “The Before Times” when we weren’t so scared. And it may have just been ignorance, but it was also the last time our culture ever really felt good about ourselves.

    It makes me so sad to know that the generations after us never got to really experience that.

    Just my opinion, but I think this is a big reason why us Millennials cling to the 90’s so hard: because it was our last memory of things being “nicer”.

  • Craphole-Island

    You can really see the look of shock and terror on Kelly’s face. I feel like she did not want to go on with the show (don’t blame her. I don’t know if I could either).

    I was in 6th grade and I remember them showing it to us in class. Getting home from school and it was on every channel. I didn’t fully understand what had happened but I just remember feeling sick to my stomach and scared. There was also an older kid at school crying in the hallway bc their dad was in New York and I just felt awful (he was okay thankfully).

  • gerorgesmom

    I remember the utter confusion of that day. the rumors – they said there was a bomb at the state department. The pentagon hit. A plane heading for the White House. Another plane coming for the Brooklyn bridge.

    The internet effectively went down as every news website was swamped with visits. We were at work w no tv so we went to our cars to listen to the radio.

    I was on Long Island – people were screaming and crying because the cell service was down and no one could reach their loved ones in Manhattan.

    When the towers fell there were no words. It seemed as unimaginable as the moon exploding.

    All the highways were shut down along w trains and subways trying to catch whoever did it. I saw people walking off of the exits in office attire- they’d walked the 25 miles back to get home.

    Then seeing jet fighters go over our house- one did a barrel roll and we could see the pilot. Black smoke in the air for days. The eerie silence of no airplane traffic – we lived under the route for jfk and had long grown used to hearing planes.

    Our town alone lost at least 30 people- most had worked for fdny, a couple for nypd, and maybe two at businesses.

    I dearly wanted to see bin Laden in oranges at Supermax. I felt killing him was too merciful. Then it all got diluted in the Iraq and Afghanistan attacks.

    I hate the 9/11 museum. Ghouls hawking tacky magazines. Tourists smiling. It’s like a museum of a rape.

  • VincentMapother45

    I was eating a waffle at home getting ready for school. The Today show was coincidentally doing a story right outside one of the towers when the first plane hit. Seemed surreal.

  • CityofBlueVial

    Anytime I watch footage about 9/11, I still can’t believe it happened and I remember watching the 2nd plane hit on live tv. It’s just unfathomable.

  • pagerunner-j

    I was working for ABC News at the time.

    It was the sort of day that when I got to the office (at an odd hour, since everybody quickly got put into a 24/7 emergency coverage rotation), I had to sign a release form that amounted to “if you get hurt or killed at work tonight, it’s not our fault.” And I was working out of the Seattle internet-division offices, for crying out loud. But that’s how it felt at the time: nobody knew.

    I was in touch constantly with our NY office, of course, and they had it so much worse. I can’t even imagine getting through that day/week/month/etc. right there in the thick of it. (Especially when the anthrax letter showed up, but that’s another story.)

    Editing to add: I’m pretty sure Regis & Kelly filmed across the street from our NY news offices. (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire definitely filmed in the basement.) It wasn’t long after this time of the day that everyone had to cut away from their morning shows and bring out the big guns. ABC went to Peter Jennings in the news studio, and as I recall, he was on the air for hours. That day all blurs a bit, though. I was flipping back and forth between several networks before I got to work, and then at the office we had TVs all over showing different networks, too. Compare-and-contrast is sort of an ingrained habit in news. I can say that the only place I saw footage of people jumping from the towers was on Fox. Can’t say for sure that no one else showed it, of course, but I’m grimly unsurprised that that happened to be where I got smacked in the face with that particular part of what happened that day.

  • georgecm12

    Huh. In this area, the reports started during Good Morning America, and they went direct from that to a continuing ABC News special report. I’m trying to figure out what affiliates would have even carried this.

  • che-che-chester

    That clip reminded me that when it first happened, everyone assumed it was a small plane. I assumed it was some careless amateur pilot checking out high rise buildings in NYC and wrecked by accident. When it was confirmed to be a commercial airliner, you knew right away it was no accident, even before the second plane hit.

  • BasketLast1136

    I watched the attack from my office near Times Square. At first we thought it was an accident, but I was on the phone to my girlfriend (now my wife of 20 years) who had decided to go to the doctors office after her meeting at the Port Authority offices had been cancelled when I saw the second plane crash into the South Tower. My co workers and I watched from our windows all morning, as people we knew died in those buildings. If my wife’s meeting hadn’t been cancelled that morning, she would have died too. My kids wouldn’t exist. I saw both towers collapse, and walked home through Central Park. The smell from the burning buildings was all you could smell, even though we were miles away. It was like a bad electrical fire smell, with ozone and who knows what else. Fighter planes were flying over the city. I walked by a crowd of people who had gathered around a car who had all its doors and windows open and it’s radio at max volume. Everyone was standing on the sidewalk, listening to the news. There was an incredible feeling of unity.

    All that said, I thought that I was pretty ok afterwards. I don’t lose sleep over it, and I don’t have any health issues like the first responders and people who got caught in the dust cloud from the collapse. But a few years ago, I went with some out of town friends to the 9/11 Museum. When I was at the Museum, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I broke into a cold sweat, and it felt kind of like drowning. Yes, I have nearly drowned, so I have a pretty distinct memory of that.

    All these years later, this anniversary still messes with my head. I didn’t lose anywhere near as much as others. I know a lot of people who lost someone close to them. I almost lost my wife – we never would have gotten married, or had our kids or lives together. I got lucky, I guess.

    Watching this clip brought it back tonight. Sorry for dumping all this out here, but I just needed to get it off my chest. We need to remember. And yeah, I’m feeling my age a little more recently, so there’s that too.

  • donsanedrin

    This is where you really see the experience as a broadcaster that Regis Philbin has, and also for some of your local radio station disc jockeys, when they all to become live news broadcasters.

  • Not_Cleaver

    Regis demonstrates real intelligence and knew what was up even before the second plane. He saw the complete unlikelihood that a plane would accidentally crash into the tower. And he brought up the February 1993 bombing.

    It’s really impressive especially as so many really wanted to believe it was an accident. But honestly it was probably a defensive mechanism. People didn’t want to know the horror that was unfolding. I once saw a violent mugging right next to me and for the first ten to fifteen seconds I thought it was some sort of joke/prank.

  • PeachPreserves66

    This legit made me tear up, as do all of the clips from that day in which our innocence was stolen. I was working in an office tower in another city and a coworker called to tell me that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. I thought maybe it was a Cessna or some other light aircraft and went on with my morning work. It soon became apparent that it was much worse than any of us could imagine. Our CEO gathered us into a large break room, where a TV that was tuned to a live news feed had been set up.

    We all watched in horror as the event unfolded before our eyes. When the first tower collapsed and we all started crying. By the time the second tower fell, public transportation was shut down in my city and our office quickly organized to help all of coworkers get home. I took two of my coworkers to the transit center that was near the direction I was driving. Others did the same and everyone made it home safely.

    There was a very real concern that there were potential targets in my city. It was a somber ride to the transit center with my friends. After I dropped them off, I cried all the way home, while frantically trying to call my young adult kids. One of them lived near NYC and often made trips into the city on her days off.

    One thing that I will never forget is the haunted look in people’s eyes as I passed them in the halls of my workplace and on my way to my parking deck. It was a horrifying shared experience. But, it was also a time when many people came together to help one another.

  • brodoswaggins93

    Man, I remember being in grade 3 when this happened and absolutely inconsolable because my dad was on a flight at the time when this happened.

    Living through major historical events is such a trip. And there are people out there who can drink legally who weren’t alive for this.

  • newpotatocaboose54

    I was in Korea teaching English and a friend called me from NYC. I had a tv tuner on my PC at the time and tuned in and saw what was happening—both buildings on fire. I called my dad in Jersey and he was unaware. He turns on the tv and says holy shit. And we watch together on the phone. The first tower goes down. The second tower goes down and I think it’s a video replay. My father says no. Second tower is down. I couldn’t believe it. I had been to the Towers so many times including a few times about a year before after I had read a book about their construction.

  • Redshirt_Down

    The look Regis gives his producer is “why the fuck did you tell us that on air, we need to go to commercial break right the fuck now and figure out if we should even be on the air right now.”

  • MarsReject

    So surreal walked the entire FDR by myself as a 16 year old and I’ve never felt more (edit: comforted) in such a public / communal way.

    Every single New Yorker chipped in. Gave water, snacks, access to anything they could offer. Truly a surreal experience.

  • _peteyfourfingers_

    “It is a beautiful early fall day.”

    It really was. I was there. It was absolutely beautiful weather. The whole thing was surreal.

  • jupiterhasaliens6969

    I was in Junior high when this unfolded and let’s just say no one studied that day. We were glued to the TV and it was dead silent in the entire country watching this unfold.

  • ColdYellowGatorade

    It’s hard to describe or relay the utter craziness of that day to anyone who wasn’t alive or too young to remember. This was way before social media or everyone having a cell phone was a thing. The second plane hitting the other tower turned things up a million. Insanity.

  • wobbleboxsoldier

    I was doing rear operations in the US Army while my unit was deployed. I watched Matt Lauer intervew Tony Bennett when it happened. So many things happening to a lowely PFC.

  • elcapkirk

    I was in high school during 9/11 and I’ve never seen this clip. Really interesting to see their reactions in real time, and how they kept getting the info wrong and kept trying to do the show.

  • jimmyjoe58

    I was supposed to be in NYC that day on chartered bus trip, I was the driver of the bus leaving VT. Of coarse it was canceled. The FU thing was two days before this happened I was in Portland Maine and met the high jackers at the Portland bus station. I literally handed them a package that they had to sign for. Had no idea until I saw their pictures on tv on 911. Fuck me up til this day.

  • AidanAmerica

    I remember hearing this didn’t air live in most markets because they’d already broken in with the bulletin. [Wikipedia has more:](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Live_with_Regis_and_Kelly_episodes)

    >This episode last around 5 minutes. Regis and Kelly are talking about the first airplane crash and are showing ABC News video when the second airplane crashes into the World Trade Center. Regis and Kelly immediately signs off because “Live” shares the same studio with WABC Channel 7 News. Channel 7 News needed to get on the air with their news team so that New Yorkers could be informed and make wise decisions about evacuating the area. Most of the United States did not see these 5 minutes because their stations were already pre-empted by their respective networks special bulletins of the terrorist attack. If you were one of the few Americans that are served by an independent station that telecast “LIVE”, you might have seen these 5 minutes. Canadians watching “LIVE” on their respective Canada TV stations would have seen these 5 minutes as well.

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