CNN is tapped! Journalist Manu Raju squirms after a huge cicada slithers on his neck

A CNN reporter faced the scare of his life on Thursday after realizing a huge cicada was crawling up his neck as he prepared for a broadcast.

The comedic moment was caught on camera, although it was not broadcast, with journalist Manu Raju sharing on Twitter a clip of his close encounter with the bug on Thursday night.

Raju, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, spoke to producers without acknowledging that the cicada had started climbing up his shirt and suit – although the creature was caught on camera.

Raju could be seen flinching as he realized the insect was on his skin and wiped it away with his left hand.

Manu Raju, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, spoke to producers on Thursday without recognizing a cicada crawling up his shirt and suit

Suddenly Raju feels the cicada on his skin and swipes it with his left hand

Suddenly Raju feels the cicada on his skin and swipes it with his left hand

'Oh!'  Raju exclaims in disgust.  'Oh my God, ****.  Damn cicada!  What the hell?'  he asks

‘Oh!’ Raju exclaims in disgust. ‘Oh my God, ****. Damn cicada! What the hell?’ he asks

‘Oh!’ Raju exclaimed in disgust. ‘Oh my God, ****. Damn cicada! What the hell?’

He then asks his producer if he has more cicadas on him as someone laughs in the background.

“I can’t see anything anymore,” someone replies as Raju swears again, clearly shaken by the insect’s appearance.

He then asked if there was any in his hair before cursing again and saying, “Yes, it’s true” while looking at the cicada he swept away.

‘Where do all those fucking cicadas come from? Wow… thank goodness. I was like, ‘What is this? There is something,” he said.

'Where do all those fucking cicadas come from?  Wow... thank goodness.  I was like, 'What is this?  There's something,' he said

‘Where do all those fucking cicadas come from? Wow… thank goodness. I was like, ‘What is this? There’s something,’ he said

“Yes, it’s true” said Raju looking at the cicada he swept away

Raju then went on to say, “I think I’m safe from the cicadas.”

The following day, Raju appeared on CNN’s New Day show to discuss the creepy cicada incident.

During the appearance, Raju revealed that another cicada fell from his pocket moments earlier.

“There was another cicada that allegedly fell out of my pocket, and it happened while I was waiting to continue,” Raju said.

He added: “Our producer, Morgan Rimer, said, ‘A cicada just fell out of your pocket’ and I saw it on the ground and I was kind of dumbfounded.”

During an appearance the following day, Raju revealed that another cicada had fallen from his pocket moments earlier.

During an appearance the following day, Raju revealed that another cicada had fallen from his pocket moments earlier.

While Raju expressed his disgust at the sensation of the cicadas, his twins are big fans and enjoyed the video.

“All they do is talk about themselves,” Raju said of his twins’ interest in cicadas. “They get it in their hands, they’re part of the cicada research committee in their pre-kindergarten class at school, so I can tell you they love the video.”

Chances are more viral cicada moments will emerge in the coming weeks as the Brood X cicadas make their first emergence in 17 years.

The National Environmental Information Centers report that spring 2021 is the time for the brood to surface and mate.

Chances are more viral cicada moments will emerge in the coming weeks as the Brood X cicadas make their first emergence in 17 years

Chances are more viral cicada moments will emerge in the coming weeks as the Brood X cicadas make their first emergence in 17 years

The National Environmental Information Centers report that spring 2021 is a time for the brood to surface and mate

The National Environmental Information Centers report that spring 2021 is a time for the brood to surface and mate

The re-emergence of the colony was delayed by the normal cooler weather, as the noisy insects will only come above ground when the ground is at a constant 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

The re-emergence of the colony was delayed by the normal cooler weather, as the noisy insects will only come above ground when the ground is at a constant 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brood X will emerge this year in Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.

Brood X will emerge this year in Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.

Colony re-emergence was delayed by cooler weather, as noisy insects will only come above ground when the ground is at a constant 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brood X – which uses the Roman numeral in place of the number 10 – was first formally identified more than 300 years ago in Philadelphia, with the swarm expected to cover parts of the Midwest, Southeast and Central of the Atlantic throughout this spring.

Brood X will emerge this year in Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.

The next big cicada emergence will be in 2024, when the 17-year-old Brood XIII (13) and the 13-year-old Brood XIX (19) emerge.

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