TV anchor fired for dropping F-bomb on his first broadcast, A.J. Clemente loses job after earlier suspension

By on Apr 23, 2013 in Television, United States Comments

A TV anchor was fired from his first job, after he dropped the F-bomb on air during his first news broadcast this Sunday, April 21, 2013. A.J. Clemente, the new news anchor for NBC affiliate KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota, apologized earlier. The TV station initially suspended him for his profane language.

AJ Clemente TV anchor

A.J. Clemente
Image Credit: KFYR-TV video

“Unfortunately KFYR-TV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.” A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) tweeted this Monday, hours after KFYR-TV released an official statement on their Facebook page that he was only suspended.

“Rookie mistake. I’m a free agent.Cant help but laugh at myself and stay positive.Wish i didnt trip over my “Freaking Shoes” out of the gate. Thanks again for everyone that is supporting me. Friends, family and even the creative humor tweets.” Clemente added, clarifying that he did not say the word “gay” in his act.

As reported later, Clemente uttered the words “F**kin’ s**t” live on air, while he and his co-news anchor Van Tieu were seen on screen. He did not seem to notice that his microphone is already on. However, Tieu and the televiewers heard his voice loud and clear. Clemente introduced himself but seemed to be nervous.

On early Monday, AJ Clemente admitted his mistake via Twitter and apologized for his actions. KFYR-TV News Director Monica Hannan wrote on the official Facebook page of the local station, announcing his suspension. However, the announcement received mixed reactions; some of them criticized the station.

As of this writing, KFYR-TV has not yet formally announced the termination of AJ Clemente on their Facebook page. Nevertheless, they are being bombarded by more criticisms after the newbie TV anchor announced that he was fired from his job.



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