Say hello to the most disastrous start to a television career in the history of moving pictures inside little boxes and/or flat screens. A.J. Clemente was all ready to make his debut as a weekend news anchor for the NBC station in Bismarck, North Dakota when for some insane reason he uttered a few choice swear words right as the camera turned to him. The ensuing scene is like a bad dream wrapped inside a nightmare wrapped inside a scene from local access television...
Oops. Even co-anchor Van Tieu was thrown off by Clemente's impromptu cursing and the newscast goes off the rails for a solid minute. This is like the Jean Van de Velde of news bloopers. How in the world do you make "f*ckin sh*t" your greeting to a new television audience? That's a memorable first impression if I've ever seen one!
Unfortunately, KFYR wasn't in the mood to give Clemente a mulligan, posting this message on its Facebook page noting the anchor had been the victim of the fastest suspension ever seen in local news...
"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."
It's easy to make fun of poor A.J. but this kind of thing happens to everyone. Ok, that's a complete lie, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't feel some sympathy for him. Already there's a mini #SaveAJ campaign on Twitter to make sure he returns from his suspension and pretty much every comment on the KFYR post is in support of Clemente and realizing it was a very nervous very honest mistake.
Clemente shouldn't get too discouraged. If Brian Collins can come back from this and build something resembling a TV career, anything is possible.
UPDATE: #SaveAJ failed.
Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013
Not offended at all. Mistakes happen.. plus i thought the "so uh, yeah, i'm used to being from the east coast" was a classic. Good Luck AJ
@awfulannouncing if this report isn't the definition of what you guys do, I just, I just don't know.
@awfulannouncing he deserved it, but who writes in to complain?
@ZSorensen7 that's brutal hahahah
@officialswish Hilarious! He's gonna land another job now that he's an internet star! I remember those jitters back in the day! lol
@awfulannouncing One and done. But didn't Big Papi just get a non-call?
@awfulannouncing That's fu*king bullsh*t.
@awfulannouncing Am hour!
@awfulannouncing Station, not network.
@awfulannouncing He wasn't fired by the network. He was fired by the TV station in Bismarck that is an NBC affiliate.
@awfulannouncing and boom goes the dynamite!
@TDtwitta Same one! But for the grace of God go I.....
@mikeguzek Forget the cursing. Great intro. "I'm from West Virginia Univ and I'm used to, uh, you know, from being from the east coast"
@kevinphelan Classic mistake man.
@James_Dart He appeared to be looking at the wrong camera too, though that was the least of his problems.
@ZSorensen7 hahaha thank you
@Hey_ALF Saw that over the weekend.
@oleta someone get the soap.
@awfulannouncing North Dakota must be where the R/T college rejects go to get jobs. That guy never should have made it thru local access.
Forget the swearing...the guy's delivery is horrible. And is it just me, or does he have a lisp? If I knew it was that easy to break into TV news (albeit in Bismarck), I would have eschewed radio for the small screen.
@WXMoose ….good grief. (Also, this looks like a clip from a 2004 newscast.)
@donchampion7 haha...i figured you'd be able to sympathize haha
@RealMattGraves Absolutely. I can remember my first times behind the mic/in front of the camera both in college and in the real world.
@DerekMedlin Fortunately, North Dakota is about 10 years behind everyone else, so it fits.
@WXMoose He's from Delaware and have you been to ND? Should be more careful to judge.