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Anchor Fired After Dropping F-Bomb Live On Air In First Newscast

A North Dakota news anchor has been fired after swearing live on the air in his first ever news broadcast on NBC affiliate KFYR.

AJ Clemente did a brief intro before he uttered "f--king sh-t" under his breath to begin the broadcast.

Co-anchor Van Tieu tried to introduce her new partner but, still reeling, things only got more awkward.

"You may have seen our new... AJ on North Dakota News," she said.

Clemente, who at this point likely realized he swore on air, thanked Tieu for the introduction but the West Virginia University graduate couldn't string together a sentence either.

"I'm used to, you know, from being from the East Coast," he said.

Clemente then moved into news of a fatal crash that happened earlier that day -- all while looking into the wrong camera.

"That couldn't have gone any worse!," Clemente said on Twitter after the broadcast.

And news director Monica Hannan seemed to agree.

"I want to apologize for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on the air," she wrote on the station's website.

"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."

"The person involved has been suspended until we resolve the situation."

He was then swiftly fired by the station.

"Unfortunately, KFYR TV has decided to let me go," Clemente wrote. "Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support."

"Rookie mistake," he added. "I'm a free agent. Can't help but laugh at myself and stay positive. Wish I didn't trip over my 'Freaking Shoes' out of the gate."

"Tough day, thanks for the support, we all make mistakes. I'm truly sorry for mine. I'll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this."

April 23, 2013 |




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