Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

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

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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