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:
That couldn't have gone any worse!— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 21, 2013
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.
I just want to say that I did not say the word gay, I was trying to pronounce the London Marathon winners name Tsegaye Kebede.— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013
I would never disrespect anybody in that matter. Once again I'm truly sorry.— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013
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):
Unfortunately KFYRTV 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) April 22, 2013
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.— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013