The Joe Buck-Troy Aikman flyover comments have taken on a bit of a life of its own, but Buck is setting the record straight.
“Here’s what people don’t get. They say this was open mic or hot mic. It wasn’t,” Buck said. “This wasn’t like ‘Oops, we’re on, I can’t believe I just said that, oh my God we’re on.’ That’s not what happened.”
Instead, Buck said that the clip, which was leaked by a FOX employee, captured the two of them easing the tension with the rest of the crew by mimicking a politically charged conversation they had the night before.
“We’re rehearsing and joking around, which every broadcaster does. I’ve done it for 30 years,” Buck said. “…Troy, in the microphone, is repeating something that he heard from the night before…from an unnamed person on our crew who happens to be very far left, ‘well under a Biden-Harris that’s not gonna happen.’ So Troy is repeating that, watching the flyover and that’s when – so they clipped that as if he’s saying that and as if he’s a Harris-Biden fan. He’s repeating something somebody said the night before.
“If you know Troy at all, he was being 100 percent sarcastic, repeating for the person in the truck to hear ‘hahaha.’ I go into a 1950s voice ‘there’s your hard-earned tax dollars at work,’ again, repeating parts of conversations to our crew; and they clip that and run a headline that Troy Aikman and Joe Buck bash flyovers, which it had nothing to do with any of that.”
Buck, who considers himself a centrist politically, also detailed some of his family history in how his father and grandfather on his mother’s side both served in World War II and how he actually finds flyovers fascinating.
“That’s where my sensibilities are. The idea we’re making fun or belittling a flyover, I’ve seen some of the coolest freakin’ flyovers that are some of the most chill-inducing experiences in my life,” he said. “It’s like this communal patriotic experience. Some people are against them, some people love them.”
Aikman also pushed back against the idea that he is “un-patriotic” or “anti-military” with a tweet on Tuesday night.
Buck said he waited to chime in because he did not think it was worthy of continuing to drag out in the news cycle, but also felt that if he was going to address it, he would do it on his own platform.
While FOX is looking into who leaked the audio, Buck expressed it was especially frustrating because not only was it a private conversation, but it was completely taken out of context.
“It was a private conversation and kinda having with our group and then it gets sold as if those our words,” he said. “Which is fine, it’s kinda dead and buried now, but that’s what happened and the frustrating part is, if that’s the 10 second window into my soul that would be unfortunate, but when it’s not representing what actually happened that makes it doubly frustrating because people are getting something totally out of context.”