Next time you have a rough day at work, think about A.J. Clemente.
Sunday was his first night on the anchor desk at KFYR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Bismarck, N.D., and within his first 30 seconds on the air, Clemente dropped an F-bomb and an S-bomb. Today, the station fired him.
Roll tape (careful—there's some foul language):
Gawker Media's Deadspin blog
was the first to report on the gaffe.
After the telecast, Clemente tweeted:
Later, he tweeted his apologies for the gaffe:
KFYR-TV News Director Monica Hannan issued her own apology, as well as an explanation, on the station’s Facebook page
“To all of you who are writing in ... I want to apologize for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on the air.
“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. Unfortunately, that was not enough in this case. WE can't take back what was said. The person involved has been suspended until we resolve the situation. All we can do at this point is ask for your forgiveness, and I can offer my personal assurance that I will do my best to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again under my watch.”
Most of the nearly 1,000 comments to the post, as well as the many tweets and retweets today, are supportive of Clemente.
On Monday morning, however, Clemente tweeted:
Among the responses to Clemente's firing is this one from Craig Newman, managing editor at the Chicago Sun-Times
Maybe the Sun-Times
' sports desk is hiring.