Worst First Day Ever: Rookie TV Anchor Fired for Profanity in First Newscast

Again: Worst. First day. Ever.

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A first day at a new job is always bound to be a bit tough, maybe riddled with some rookie mistakes. Unfortunately for A.J. Clemente, his first-day blunders ended up getting him fired.

The young broadcaster’s new gig as an anchor for North Dakota NBC affiliate KFYR ended almost as quickly as it began after he was heard mumbling a few choice words (for example, an f-bomb) in the first seconds of the station’s evening report. His (now former) co-anchor Van Tieu attempted to recover after the quiet outburst, but what resulted was an obviously strained, tense segment.

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“That couldn’t have gone any worse!” Clemente tweeted afterward, acknowledging his mistake. Turns out he was rehearsing some of his material and didn’t realize his mic was on. Though it sounds like he utters the word “gay” along with his swear words, he clarified on Twitter that he was trying to pronounce the name of London Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede.

The news station offered an apology for the incident a few hours later, during the 10 p.m. newscast. Clemente also apologized on Twitter:

When the news spread that KFYR decided to let Clemente go, Twitter users showed their support with the hashtag #KeepAJ. In the meantime, Clemente seems to be keeping a positive attitude. Even if he doesn’t get his gig back, NewsFeed hopes he enjoys his 15 minutes of viral fame.

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18 comments
chokingkojak
chokingkojak

Sorry AJ, but I got say what you already know:  that clip was bad in a number of ways.  

That studio struck me as not providing a particularly professional tv news environment/operation (which I suspect rubbed off on you for your first go).  

And North Dakota is currently an oil "vortex" drawing people in for work.  Undoubtedly, chop-shop, hit-and-run news operations there.  Not entirely sure that you are being "graded" by the public on a properly balanced scale.   

Frankly, station manager and any management underlings should be fired for the setup, but you took the fall.  

Going forward, you need to work on your technique from a number of angles. You need a prompter.   You may need some pills.

Interesting to see you do a story on Vimeo describing production conditions at the ND station vs. what you reasonably expected (if there's any news there).   

So you swore-on-the-air. That's actually good. 

An intelligent segment of the adult general public wants news people who swear on the air -- those people aren't talking heads and it's hilarious.  Get back on the horse.  Get a team together. Start a private news channel --Vimeo hosted.  Probably gain an audience so big it sends Brian William's audience out for coffee.  



JoanneVanBuren
JoanneVanBuren

Apparently he has no manners because he was in the presence of a young lady when he believed no-one but Van could hear what he was saying. Shame on him! He deserves to be let go!

mrsdanad
mrsdanad

And watch it with the WV comments. UNACCEPTABLE just as any form of discrimination would be. If he were black would you be as quick to make a comment that negative?

mrsdanad
mrsdanad

Why is it that the Lindsay Lohans and Charlie Sheens of the world can screw up time and time again but the "regular" people make one mistake and it's over????? Get some perspective people!

mysportschat
mysportschat

west virginia alumni...


what do you expect?

Brad76
Brad76

His poor judgement is stunning, I wouldn't even consider it a rookie mistake. I personally do not have an issue with cursing, I curse at home all the time. But to do something like this your first day on the job, without realizing that the person standing a few feet from you was live on the air... Not smart.

mahadragon
mahadragon

@JoanneVanBuren Gotta side with JoanneVanBuren on this one. That kind of language doesn't really have any place in the workplace, really crass and unprofessional. As far as being in the presence of a young lady, how do we know she doesn't talk like that (off camera)? There are a lot of girls that curse out there, I don't mind him cursing next to a young lady, when you are on the spot like that you become somewhat of an entertainer and what you do sort of panders to the viewers and ratings.

helenahandbasket
helenahandbasket

@JoanneVanBuren - Sorry, but that's ridiculous. I'm sure that young lady is a strong person who can fend for herself and--gasp!--may even swear occasionally. Don't you have butter to churn or something?

UMassFACGuy
UMassFACGuy

@mrsdanad It's a college, calm down. That's not discrimination. You CHOOSE your college. No one can choose their race, sex, sexual orientation, etc. etc.

mrsdanad
mrsdanad

@mysportschat I expect not to defined by cliches. So MySport, does that mean you are a dumb jock? HMMM

mrsdanad
mrsdanad

@Brad76 Isn't that what makes it a rookie maistake; not knowing you  ARE live?

mrsdanad
mrsdanad

@UMassFACGuy @mrsdanad 


As I stated and believe: Discrimination in ANY form is UNACCEPTABLE. Making a choice about ANYTHING in life is not an open invitation to ridicule!