Brand new TV anchor mistakenly swears on air, loses job

Newbie news anchor A.J. Clemente lost his job after the first two words he uttered on air -- because they were expletives.


by Associated Press, NBC Today Show


Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 11:45 AM

Should AJ Clemente get a second chance?

BISMARCK, N.D. — A weekend news anchorman for a North Dakota television station says he was fired after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities.

A.J. Clemente said on Twitter that KFYR-TV of Bismarck fired him Monday.

The NBC affiliate said in an earlier statement that Clemente was suspended following the Sunday evening broadcast. General manager Dick Heidt says he cannot discuss the incident because it's a personnel matter.

The station posted an apology online and co-anchorwoman Van Tieu also apologized during the 10 p.m. newscast.

Video of Clemente's two-word uttering was immediately posted online via social media sites, and the hashtag "Keep AJ" started trending on Twitter in support of the self-described West Virginia University graduate.

Clemente tweeted after the broadcast: "That couldn't have gone any worse!"

NBC's Today show says Clemente will be a live guest Wednesday morning. You watch him on KTVB Idaho's News Channel 7.