We all have fears.
Imagine having your worst fear play out on live TV.
That is what happened to CNN reporter Abby Phillip.
While participating in a panel discussion from West Palm Beach, Florida—during a live CNN broadcast—Abby Phillip realized there was a lizard climbing up her leg.
She tried her best to keep her composure in a clip that has been making the rounds on social media.
Watch it here.
It was cute watching @abbydphillip stomp that lizard crawling on her. RIP li'l anole. https://t.co/I4vyYZDAzk— Hawaii Shira (@Hawaii Shira)1555667004.0
CNN's Abby Phillip braves lizard and rain while reporting @CNNPolitics https://t.co/LChW30iuUM— Donie O'Sullivan (@Donie O'Sullivan)1555816649.0
CNN reporter 'attacked' by lizard on air https://t.co/Bf0sRvaeJg Unflappable Abby Philips...I love her composure an… https://t.co/2oXz9iBl6r— Ronda Ashcraft (@Ronda Ashcraft)1555765208.0
Abby can be seen moving from side to side and looking at her feet. Once the other reporters realized something was wrong, she is asked:
"Abby, what was that?"
To which she replied:
"It was a lizard climbing on me. Sorry. That happened on live television."
Her coworkers made sure she was OK to which she responded, joking:
"I don't think it's okay, but I'm fine. At least it wasn't an alligator."
Abby even tweeted about the incident.
Literally my nightmare just happened on live tv, nbd https://t.co/YabYSM3a1U— Abby D. Phillip (@Abby D. Phillip)1555667141.0
Fans and colleagues came out to show their support and praise for the reporter and how she handled the situation.
Shout out to abby phillip for somehow maintaining her poise after this and even keeping a great smile while.… https://t.co/DtIsAvHZe5— Janene Oliviere (@Janene Oliviere)1555677918.0
@abbydphillip @jfdulac You handled that wayyyy calmer than I would have. They would have had to bleep out like 10 s… https://t.co/5g823SRI8p— D. Anthony (@D. Anthony)1555676748.0
@joshscampbell @abbydphillip Abby is unflappable. Love her.— Mark Hertling (@Mark Hertling)1555685176.0
@abbydphillip That is funny! Glad you are okay!— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan)1555691506.0
Abby's comment about the lizard and how it may not be OK did bring some ire from viewers.
@abbydphillip @yashar Cute ? 😡That’s sicK , u don’t hv to kill it! How bout a swipe. Killing a creature is so wrong… https://t.co/l910YFEwic— Nicole (@Nicole)1555670003.0
@abbydphillip @kathrynw5 @nikkikettle3 @yashar Is the lizard still alive?? CAN YOU CONFIRM???— Marcus Gilmer (@Marcus Gilmer)1555680673.0
@marcusgilmer @abbydphillip @kathrynw5 @nikkikettle3 @yashar It looked like she stomped down on it. Did it escape o… https://t.co/SuviMZwnz8— Lori Sirianni (@Lori Sirianni)1555770261.0
But there were a few jokes tossed in.
@abbydphillip Exclusive footage of abby https://t.co/qnktkzugNI— Victoria M. Walker (@Victoria M. Walker)1555670408.0
@MollyJongFast @abbydphillip B A S I C F L O R I DA https://t.co/n3i8NfR658— hayley a stein (@hayley a stein)1555672389.0
And don't worry about the lizard.
The lizard is fine, it slithered off unscathed. (I was an eyewitness) https://t.co/CMXTvWT2FV— Betsy Klein (@Betsy Klein)1555678438.0