NBC denies Yang's accusation that his mic was turned off in debate

NBC News is denying 2020 presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangIntercollegiate athletics just got a two-minute warning AI and automation will disrupt our world — but only Andrew Yang is warning about it The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race MORE's claim that his microphone was muted or turned off at points during Thursday night's Democratic debate in Miami.

The pushback comes after Yang claimed his microphone was "not on" a few times when he attempted to jump in.


"There were also a few times, FYI, where I just started talking, being like, 'Hey, I want to add something there,' and my mic was not on," the tech entrepreneur said while speaking to supporters after the event.

"And it's this sort of thing where, it's not like if you started talking, it takes over the [conversation]. It's like I was talking, but nothing was happening. And it was like, 'Oh f---.' So that happened a bit too."

The hashtag "#LetYangSpeak" was trending on Twitter Friday afternoon.

The allegation comes after an analysis by The Hill shows Yang had the least amount of speaking time of all the 20 candidates who participated in the two nights of debates that took place Wednesday and Thursday. 

Yang clocked in at just two minutes and 50 seconds of speaking time, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE, the 2020 front-runner in most polls, spoke for 12 minutes and 53 seconds. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE (D-Calif.) had 11 minutes and 37 seconds of speaking time.

On Wednesday night, a glitch involving microphones of NBC moderators who had left the stage generated headlines, laughs from the audience and a mocking tweet from President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE

As candidates were being asked a question about gun control from "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddIntelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field' National security adviser says ISIS leader's death marks 'great day' for US, world MORE, the previous moderators, Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt, could be heard saying, "I need to go to the restroom" and "Someone's got my binder."

"We are hearing our colleagues' audio," Todd informed those in the debate venue and watching at home. "If the control room could turn off the mics of our previous moderators..." 

"We prepared for everything. We did not prepare for this," moderator Rachel MaddowRachel Anne Maddow'Anonymous' gets media frenzy without pesky scrutiny for new book New book by anonymous op-ed author details difficulties staff had in briefing Trump Maddow: Anonymous op-ed author details 'Steady State' that kept 'wheels from coming off the White House wagon' MORE said before cutting to a commercial break to address the issue.

The Hill has reached out to the Yang campaign for comment.