Fired anchor who cursed on air to be on 'Today' show - WNCN: News, Weather

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

Posted: Updated:

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"

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Durham mom says she didn't try to give away kids on Craigslist

    Durham mom says she didn't try to give away kids on Craigslist

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:48:05 GMT
    A mother of five says an ad she posted on Craigslist, in which she asked for someone to "take her five kids," was not what it seemed.
    A mother of five says an ad she posted on Craigslist, in which she asked for someone to "take her five kids," was not what it seemed.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.