Rookie Anchor Fired After On-Air Profanity

Microphone picked up swear words on anchor’s debut newscast.

By An Phung
|  Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013  |  Updated 8:07 AM PDT
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Rookie Anchor Fired After On-Air Profanity

A.J. Clemente seen here at his on-air debut for local NBC affiliate station KFYR-TV.

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A local news rookie anchor was fired after he fumbled his on-air debut Sunday by uttering a pair of unsavory words.

A.J. Clemente of North Dakota's NBC affiliate KFYR was heard mumbling under his breath as he prepared for the evening news program. What he didn't know was that his microphone was on.

A YouTube video of the broadcast has gone viral and in it Clemente can be heard whispering the two swear words at the top of the newscast. He was visibly nervous for the rest of the segment and even tweeted about it afterwards.

Clemente's co-anchor issued an apology at the 10:00 p.m. news hour. The affiliate's news director, Monica Hannan, did the same on the station's Facebook page. But none of the apologies, apparently, helped spare Clemente's job. He tweeted on Monday that he was fired:

Clemente has been a good sport about the gaffe and said he "can't help but laugh at myself and stay positive," according to one tweet he posted on Monday.

Do you think Clemente should have been fired? Watch the video below and take our poll.

Editor's Note: The video below contains profanity.

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