UPDATE (April 23): A.J. Clemente fired for on-air profanity
ORIGINAL POST: Who doesn’t love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning?
Newly-minted news anchor A.J. Clemente must have been excited about hosting the weekend news for KFYR-TV in Bismarck, N.D. for the very first time this Sunday. Unfortunately, his anticipation manifested in just about the worst way possible. Right before he first appeared on air, Clemente — apparently unaware that his mic was on — was practicing saying “Tsegaye Kebede” out loud. The London Marathon winner‘s name proved difficult for Clemente to wrap his head around — which prompted the anchor to mutter “f—in’ sh–” to himself, rattling both his co-anchor Van Tieu and the fine, honest folk of the Peace Garden State.
Once he looked up and made eye contact with the camera, he muttered some words about being from West Virginia that hopefully sounded better to him in his head. Somewhere, the Boom Goes the Dynamite Guy is smiling.
Watch the blunder here, if you don’t mind both strong language and incredible, incredible awkwardness.
To his credit, Clemente didn’t waste much time apologizing for his mistake. Immediately afterwards, he referenced the incident on his Twitter page:
And shortly thereafter, he both apologized for swearing and explained what he had been doing before dropping the f- and s-bombs.
KFYR-TV, for its part, isn’t exactly ready to forgive and forget. “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,” news director Monica Hannan wrote on the station’s Facebook page yesterday. (The caps on “WE” are hers.) She went on to say that Clemente has been suspended “until we resolve the situation.”
Clearly, the only thing the poor guy can do now is grow a mustache, grab a big jug of milk, and wait things out: