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

NBC News is denying 2020 presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast 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 BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE, the 2020 front-runner in most polls, spoke for 12 minutes and 53 seconds. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee 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 TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE

As candidates were being asked a question about gun control from "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddMurkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Republican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent' Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response 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 MaddowMichael Cohen: Trump hates Obama because he's everything he 'wants to be' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump floats 0M+ in personal spending for reelection bid Feehery: Unconventionally debunking the latest political conventional wisdom MORE said before cutting to a commercial break to address the issue.

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