A hot mic issue forced NBC’s moderators to take a commercial break during the first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night.
After Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Telemundo’s José Diaz-Balart handed off co-moderating duties to Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow, someone in the control apparently forgot to cut the volume from their lapel mics.
As Todd tried to ask Sen. Elizabeth Warren a question about gun violence, Guthrie and Holt could be heard talking backstage on the live broadcast.
“I think we had a little mic issue in the back,” Todd said before attempting to ask Warren again.
But Guthrie was still audible. Several of the candidates broke into laughter.
“We are hearing our colleague’s audio,” Todd explained. “If the control room could turn off the mics.”