To be fair, our pets probably have no idea what’s going on now that their humans are home all the time. However, it’s still not cool (even if it is incredibly adorable) when they interrupt us while we’re attempting to work from home. That’s exactly what happened to weatherman Jeff Lyons last week when his cat Betty demanded to be picked up during a broadcast.
- Lyons was simply trying to tell the weather. To adhere to social distancing rules, Lyons was giving the weather forecast live for 14 News in Indiana from the comfort of his home. Unfortunately, Betty didn’t get the memo that her dad was working and was being a bit of a pain so he had no choice but to pick her up and carry on.
- Betty became an instant hit. Once “Betty the Weather Cat” made her first appearance, viewers couldn’t get enough of her. Since then, she’s shown up on Lyons’ broadcasts a few more times and she’s always a welcome visitor.
- Is Betty a new co-presenter for 14 News? Despite not having the same meteorology credentials as her owner, it seems like Betty is more than happy to become a permanent fixture on 14 News. “Co-Weathering with Betty. Two hams on the screen and a little ham on my fingers made it work…at least for a while,” Lyons wrote on his Facebook page. “Why do I get the feeling I’m performing tricks for the cat instead of the other way around?”
- People might be tuning in more for Betty than the weather at this point. After all, you can tell what the weather is by looking out the window. However, you can’t always see an adorable cat on demand, so a sighting of Betty alone may be enough to get a lot of viewers to tune in. Never has a weatherman’s pet been so popular!