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News Anchor Opens First Broadcast With F-Bomb; Gets Fired
April 22, 2013
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So this guy, who got fired a few hours ago, is making the rounds online.

First-time news anchor A.J. Clemente made his debut on North Dakota's NBC News affiliate KFYR yesterday.

And the first words Clemente uttered during his on-air debut? "F***ing sh*t."

As you can see in the footage above, co-anchor Van Tieu tries to cover for her new partner, but the awkwardness is palpable. He was suspended soon after the swearing went to air.

Tieu apologized to the audience for Clemente's mistake during the 10 o'clock news broadcast:

"We were caught off guard and [Clemente] didn't realize his microphone was on. And while that was no excuse - we do train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time - unfortunately we cannot take back what was said. But, we do apologize and hope that you may forgive us and rest assured, that something like this will not happen again," she said.

Luckily, Clemente seems to have a sense of humour about the situation. Right after the broadcast, he Tweeted this:

Clemente also took to social media to defend himself against charges that he had used a slur on the air.

The very first word he says sounds like "gay" - but in fact, he was struggling to pronounce the name of the winner of the London Marathon: Tsegaye Kebede.

This morning, KFYR fired Clemente over the incident.

He seems to be taking the news of his job loss in stride (although he did point out that his "stride" was part of the problem):



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