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Michael Bay's onstage CES flub

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He's in the highest echelon of Hollywood directors, known for big-budget explosions and bone-crunching spectacle, but Michael Bay is also just like us: a regular Joe who can flub a major presentation.

The man behind bombastic blockbusters such as Transformers, Bad Boys and Armageddon made an abbreviated appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Monday. He was slated to speak about a new Samsung Ultra HD TV and offer a sneak peek of the fourth Transformers instalment.

After some initial banter with Samsung Electronics America president Tim Baxter, followed by apparent problems with his teleprompter, Bay excused himself and abruptly left the stage.

He later apologized on his blog, saying that he had jumped the gun in speaking first and that the teleprompter had subsequently lost the train of the conversation.

"Then I walked off. I guess live shows aren't my thing," he admitted.

Reaction — naturally swift coming out of a digital media event like CES — has been divided. Sympathetic folks call it a surprisingly human moment of classic stage fright (not unheard of, even for Hollywood), while Bay's critics crow that he simply wasn't prepared, planned to breeze through someone else's script and melted down when he couldn't.

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