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

NBC News is denying 2020 presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang planning to launch third party: report Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Kings launch voting rights effort honoring John Lewis 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 BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE, the 2020 front-runner in most polls, spoke for 12 minutes and 53 seconds. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris 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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE

As candidates were being asked a question about gun control from "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddIf .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden GOP governor: Biden's vaccine mandate 'increases the division' Manchin says he can't support Biden's .5 trillion spending plan 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 MaddowRachel Maddow extends contract with MSNBC: reports OAN loses appeal in defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE said before cutting to a commercial break to address the issue.

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