You can swear accidentally and get away with it at times, but if you drop the big kahuna of swear words on the air and you'll likely be receiving a pink slip. First it was A.J. Clemente, now it's Justin Kraemer. The Wichita news anchor was fired by KSN for saying "Let's get the f--- out of here" at the end of his telecast Friday night when he thought the cameras had stopped rolling.
Kraemer, an on-air reporter and fill-in anchor at KSN since 2008, could be heard at the end of KSN’s Saturday-night newscast muttering to his co-anchors, “Let’s get the (expletive) out of here.” The show had come to an end, the cameras had already cut away from the anchors, who had signed off, and the end-of-broadcast music had played.
On Monday morning, Kraemer said, he was let go from the station – a decision he said he completely understood.
“I’m embarrassed,” he said. “I did something extraordinarily unprofessional. It’s something that’s drilled into you from the minute you start in this business to always consider the microphones hot."
Kraemer is confident he'll land on his feet somewhere after his gaffe went viral. If anything, the firings of Clemente and Kraemer show the power of viral videos. A decade ago that could have happened with only people in the local market noticing. Now, they become global celebrities. In the midst of laughing at the Burgundy-like mistake, it's easy to forget there's another shoe waiting to be dropped at times.