CNN reporter stomps 'nightmare' lizard during live report

CNN reporter stomps 'nightmare' lizard during live report

CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip stomped on a lizard attempting to climb on her on Friday, a scenario she later called "literally my nightmare" during a live report on the network's morning program.

The lizard attack occurred while Phillip, reporting from West Palm Beach, Fla., joined CNN anchors Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN sees ratings swoon in April Ex-Clinton aide jokes that Dem candidate could 'shoot my dog' and still have his support CNN's Don Lemon asks if Rosenstein is a 'double agent type' MORE and Alisyn Camerota during a panel discussion early Friday morning to discuss the Mueller report.


"Abby, what was that?" asked Cuomo in halting the discussion after Abby appeared to be rattled.

"There was a lizard climbing on me. Sorry," Phillip replied.

"What was climbing on you?" Camerota asked.

"A Komodo dragon," Cuomo joked before later adding, "Abby, did you just stomp out a lizard on live television?"

"Sorry. That just happened on live television," Phillip replied.

"Is that lizard OK? You handled that very well," Cuomo said.

"I don't think it's OK, but I'm fine. At least it wasn't an alligator," Phillip said.

Phillip later shared the "nightmare" experience in a tweet to her nearly 200,000 followers.


CNN's Betsy Klein, who was with Phillip, later confirmed as an eyewitness that "the lizard is fine, it slithered off unscathed."