Swearing on live television is not really the best way to start a job. A.J. Clemente, a brand-new North Dakota TV anchor, has been suspended from his job after beginning a broadcast with profanity.
The incident occurred on Sunday (April 21), when cameras at KFYR-TV out of Bismarck, North Dakota, began rolling just as Clemente uttered the words “F***ing s**t.” Those were the very first words the would-be anchor would utter on the channel.
There were complaints, of course (which is unfortunate, since this was terribly entertaining), and KFYR-TV news director Monica Hannan quickly addressed them on the channel’s Facebook page:
“He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that’s no excuse. WE train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time. Unfortunately, that was not enough in this case. WE can’t take back what was said. The person involved has been suspended until we resolve the situation. All we can do at this point is ask for your forgiveness, and I can offer my personal assurance that I will do my best to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again under my watch.”
For his part, Clemente definitely realized after the fact that he had made a very poor first impression. As he posted a series of explanations, apologies and expressions of embarrassment onto his Twitter page:
“That couldn’t have gone any worse!”
“Tough day,Thanks for the support,We all make mistakes. Im truly sorry for mine. I’ll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this.”
The doomed-to-fail anchor then had another issue to face:
“I just want to say that I did not say the word gay, I was trying to pronounce the London Marathon winners name Tsegaye Kebede.”
The explanations and apologies didn’t work though, considering a follow-up tweet:
“Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.”
Following Clemente’s slip-up, the banter between the new anchor and his co-host, Van Tieu , was awkward at best. Let’s just hope that the man’s “I graduated from West Virginia University, and I’m used to, um, you know, from being from the East Coast” was the result of post-flub nerves and not his actual news-delivery style.
After all, A.J. Clemente is going to need another job now.