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Fired anchor who cursed on air to be on 'Today' show

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A weekend news anchorman for a North Dakota television station who was fired after using obscenities on his first day as anchor will appear Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today" show.

A.J. Clemente said on Twitter that KFYR-TV of Bismarck fired him Monday.

On Aug. 21, Clemente posted on Twitter that the news director and general manager were "checking out my tape that we shot yesterday. Seeing if I am ready for anchoring."

Then on his first shot on the anchor desk, he started with two expletives without realizing the camera was rolling. The entire segment was awkward, as his co-anchor introduced him and he fumbled through his scripts.

Video of Clemente's stumble was immediately posted online and blasted around the Internet.

Clemente tweeted afterward: "That couldn't have gone any worse!"

Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted that he was back to his home state of New York and would be meeting up with family and friends. "Thank God for each day," he posted.

After it happened, the news director, Monica Hannan, posted a lengthy comment on the station's website.

She wrote:

"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"

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