New news anchor A.J. Clemente suspended for dropping F-bomb on live TV during first broadcast, apologizes (Video)By Angel Cuala on Apr 22, 2013 in Television, United States •
Updated: April 23, 2013 3:20 p.m.
A new TV news anchor drops the F-bomb on his first day of broadcast this Sunday, April 21, 2013, as shown in the video below. A.J. Clemente, who was making his debut as news anchor NBC affiliate KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota, apologized later. However, the station management still decided to suspend him.
Van Tieu and A.J. Clemente, on his 1st broadcast
Image Credit: KFYR-TV video
“Gay…F**kin’ s**t.” A.J. Clemente was heard saying live on air, just as the same time he and his co-news anchor Van Tieu were seen on screen. He appeared to be not aware that his microphone is already on. Tieu, who was seen arranging her hair before she started talking, heard his voice loud and clear.
Nevertheless, Tieu was professional enough to introduce him to the televiewers. And although she seemed to have stumbled on some of her words for awhile, she managed to bring back her composure and smiled in front of the camera. Clemente then introduced himself, but appeared to be a little nervous.
This Monday, the embarrassed new news anchor apologized via his Twitter account (@ClementeAJ), saying, “Alright News Director and GM checking out my tape that we shot yesterday. Seeing if i am ready for anchoring…..Awkward Turtle…” His tweet earned him some calming responses.
“That couldn’t have gone any worse!” AJ Clemente tweeted later, and followed by “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” a few hours ago, apologizing for his mistake.
On the same day, KFYR-TV News Director Monica Hannan wrote on the official Facebook page of the local station, announcing the suspension of Clemente, and also apologized for what happened. However, her message, which can be read below, received mixed reactions; with others saying that he should not be suspended.
“To all of you who are writing in…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.
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.”
Video Credit: KFYR-TV via The Australian
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