The producer of this news segment had no idea that his directive “from the top” would be taken so literally.
But news anchor Bernardita Middleton did just that in the Chilean coastal town of Reñaca, where the studio dared her to do something no one in America had the intestinal fortitude — much less the testes — to do to Katie Couric.
Take a dip in the famously chilly pacific waters.
Bernardita, who presents Chilean TV show “Good Morning Everyone” explained how she had put on a bikini just in case, but that it was cloudy and she never imagined they’d make her go in.
“In truth I wasn’t going to go in the water, the bandeau bikini was a recent present, but I didn’t attach the straps to keep it in place because I had them on my top.
“Then they asked me to jump in the water, so I went for it.”
In the video, she strips down to her bikini on the windswept beach and heads to the sea.
As she stands up from taking a dive under a wave, which crashes into her and takes down her bikini top, which she quickly rearranges.
And that in no time became the top story of the evening news in the Andes.