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Thursday 26 May 2016

Rookie news anchor A.J. Clemente sacked after first words on air are 'f****** s***'

Warning: this video contains strong language - A.J. Clemente , a rookie KFYR news anchor, opened his first - and indeed last - broadcast for his new station by saying  'f****** s***' into a live microphone, leaving his co-anchor, and no doubt his producers, dumbfounded by his sweary outburst, writes By Rob Williams

Published 23/04/2013

Video footage of the incident, which has now gone viral, shows Mr Clemente's colleague Van Tieu, who was clearly thrown by his colourful language, stumble mid-introduction.

Clemente then thanks Tieu for the introduction and begins talking about his history, saying he is a graduate of West Virginia University and: 'I’m used to, you know, from being from the East Coast.'

He goes on to read a news story about a fatal crash that happened earlier that day. Following complaints about the broadcast KFYR-TV responded with a post on Facebook.

Monica Hannan, KFYR-TV News Director wrote: "I want to apologize for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on air", adding: "He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that's no excuse."

For his part, the hapless newsreader tweeted following the incident: 'That couldn't have gone any worse'.

Hannan also informed viewers that the news reader had been suspended following the incident.

Despite a concerted social media campaign, employing the hashtag #saveAJ, Mr Clemente took to Twitter this afternoon to announce he had been fired by KFYR-TV and was now a free-agent, writing: "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."

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