TV Anchor Fired for Swearing in First Broadcast
Worst first day of work ever
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 6:07 PM CDT
AJ Clemente in his first—and last—broadcast for KFYR-TV.   (AJ)

(Newser) Reuters' deputy social media editor wasn't the only media worker to announce he was fired today: Newbie TV anchor AJ Clemente has been let go from North Dakota NBC affiliate KFYR-TV after opening his first-ever broadcast with several profanities, CBS reports. "That couldn't have gone any worse!" he tweeted after the show, later adding: "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."

Video of the broadcast quickly spread through social media, along with the hastag #KeepAJ. The network issued an apology via Facebook, stating: "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." Click to watch the full video of Clemente's worst first day of work at CBS.

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BinThereDunThat
Apr 26, 2013 10:04 AM CDT
'Live with Kelly & Michael' had him on Wed. and gave him an assignment to cover some Red Carpet function that night. He did a better job than on his newscast.
NYLadygate
Apr 23, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
Sad, but just a sign of the times. Swearing is rampant among the young and old. It's refreshing to hear or have a conversation, with anyone that respects themself and you, minus the swearing.
Ericg537
Apr 23, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
I'm going to sound racist but I figured that anchors at a North Dakota TV station would probably be white.