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January 07, 2014

Michael Bay & John Legere Both Leave CES Events for Very Different Reasons

Michael Bay had a bit of a curious moment at last night’s CES (News - Alert) 2014 Samsung presentation. After beginning to describe the “visual worlds” that he creates, Bay found he was unable to build a few verbal ones when his teleprompter went on the fritz. After a brief stumble, and an attempt to “wing this,” Bay walked off-stage.

This seemed particularly curious considering that Bay commands film sets with hundreds of staff, yelling out directions to actors, camera crews, lighting technicians and others. Bay has since gone on to explain the incident at CES by saying, “I guess live shows aren’t my thing.”

The ‘thing’ that Bay was intended (and was likely paid) to comment on is the new Samsung (News - Alert) 105-inch curved TV that screens in 2160p. Bay was also supposed to screen footage from this summer’s upcoming Transformers 4 starring Mark Wahlberg.

With 4K television seemingly on the rise and Netflix’s recent announcement that House of Cards season 2 will screen in 4K, it will be interesting to see if people choose size over quality in this ongoing television war.

If you thought Bay was having a bad day, though, consider that T-Mobile CEO John Legere was kicked out of a trade-show party hosted by AT&T at the event. A photo was posted on Twitter (News - Alert) showing Legere at the event. A closer look at the matter may reveal that Legere got the exact treatment he was hoping for, though, as he has frequently positioned T-Mobile as the more affordable carrier of the people. Getting kicked out by AT&T (News - Alert) brass may be just the thing that Legere needs to further distance himself from such one percent-type CEOs.

Other reports are speculating that Legere crashed the party and was thrown out just as an announcement was being made on stage that Audi was replacing T-Mobile’s (News - Alert) wireless services in their vehicles with AT&T.

Legere has said he was really only in attendance to see the performance by artist Macklemore. Perhaps he was spared after all.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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