The clip went viral, with the internet collectively roasting Seidel for allegedly hamming it up for the camera or just being supremely weak. But now, the Weather Channel has come forward to defend Seidel's valiant struggle against the elements, blaming the whole thing on, uh, grass.
"It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass," the network said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. He was also pretty worn out, they continued, "after reporting on-air until 1:00 AM ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted."
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