After a rogue cicada assailed him during a live shot Wednesday, a Washington
, reporter provided some comic relief.
Fox 5 DC's Evan Lambert reported on the announcement that hospitals in Washington will soon require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19
As a cicada flew toward his head, he ducked quickly, barely missing a beat and finishing his sentence without hesitation.
But it appears that it frightened him more than he admitted on air.
“Can you retire at 32? Asking for a friend,” he joked on Twitter
, along with a video of the incident. “And not the one who so rudely gave me a heart attack
on live TV
. Cicada anxiety is real, ya’ll!”
When he handed back over to her, anchor Shirin Rajaee praised him for his "great cicada dodge," adding, "I was very impressed."
Can you retire at 32? I'm looking for a friend... Not the one who gave me a heart attack on live TV. Cicada anxiety is real, ya'll! pic.twitter.com/cG5HbfJCpY — Evan Lambert (@EvanLambertTV) June 9, 2021
In Lambert's Twitter replies, Rajaee added, "I'm still dying over your live shot!! I could feel your anxiety from the anchor desk."
Lambert is the latest in a long line of high-profile cicada victims since billions of the bugs emerged from the ground during their 17-year cycle.
The White House
press plane was grounded on Tuesday after a swarm of the raucous insects flew into the engine; President Joe Biden
had to swipe one of the bugs away as he boarded Air Force One on Wednesday; and CNN
's Manu Raju
flipped out two weeks ago as a cicada crawled onto his neck as he prepared for a live shot.