UPDATE: He’s been fired.
KFYR-TV (Bismarck, ND) anchor A.J. Clemente was suspended his first night anchoring after he opened the newscast with the F-bomb. He was heard saying “fuckin’ shit” just before he was introduced as the new anchor.
“He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that’s no excuse,” news director Monica Hannan writes in her apology to viewers. Her full statement:
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.
Monica Hannan, KFYR-TV News Director
“That couldn’t have gone any worse,” Clemente tweeted after the broadcast. He added:
Tough day,Thanks for the support,We all make mistakes. Im truly sorry for mine. I’ll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this.
— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013