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TV reporter says he's fired for profanity on air

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:14 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. » A weekend news anchorman for a North Dakota television station says he was fired after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities.

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

The NBC affiliate said in an earlier statement that Clemente was suspended following the Sunday evening broadcast. General manager Dick Heidt says he cannot discuss the incident because it's a personnel matter.

The station posted an apology online and co-anchorwoman Van Tieu also apologized during the 10 p.m. newscast.

Video of Clemente's two-word uttering was immediately posted online via social media sites, and the hashtag "Keep AJ" started trending on Twitter in support of the self-described West Virginia University graduate.

Clemente tweeted after the broadcast: "That couldn't have gone any worse!"

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palani wrote:
This is news?
on April 23,2013 | 04:57AM
hanalei395 wrote:
It is....FIRST DAY on the job...and he ...... up.
on April 23,2013 | 05:25AM
bender wrote:
I suppose that now he will want unemployment.
on April 23,2013 | 05:37AM
hanalei395 wrote:
If he shows up at a unemployment office, he might be told to go, you know.
on April 23,2013 | 09:02AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Not to bright!
on April 23,2013 | 06:34AM
Maili2 wrote:
Not too professional! Guess he didn't want the job to begin with - didn't try to hard, did he?!
on April 23,2013 | 07:01AM
loquaciousone wrote:
He didn't get fired for swearing. He got fired for stoopidity.
on April 23,2013 | 07:25AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
The bias liberal media have bigger fish to fry. Anytime they fry a small fish they will use it as ammo and go after bigger fish especially those who are of a different opinion or an opposition to their agenda.
on April 23,2013 | 07:54AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Perhaps Allie could tell us if this is common in North Dakota.
on April 23,2013 | 08:17AM
honopic wrote:
on April 23,2013 | 09:17AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Maybe that was allie.
on April 23,2013 | 09:53AM
loquaciousone wrote:
He should send his first-ever broadcast to Howard Stern as an auditioning tape. Guarans he gets the job.
on April 23,2013 | 08:33AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Not too bright, eh? Even if it wasn't aired, the guys in the control room can still hear everything. You don't think word would spread that you were far from professional on your first day?
on April 23,2013 | 10:20AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Words are meant to be said. That's why they were invented. It conveys a thought which everyone understood. Everyone uses those words at one time or another. Freedom of Speech should be just that. It should never be where one person should tell another person not to use a word that HE does not like. Your choice of words does not have to be his choice of words. You have your Freedom of Speech and he has his. It should not be, he has to use only the words that I approve of. Yes, words might be vulgar or insensitive, but to who? Your hurt is not his hurt, your feelings are not his feelings. We are all Individuals. One does not have to empathize with every event in the world. True freedom should be FREE. Pity.
on April 23,2013 | 11:55AM
Who_Said wrote:
Open mouth, insert foot...
on April 23,2013 | 04:03PM
kailua000 wrote:
or he'll sue. Moron, he didnt know he was on air? that language in the workplace, whether on air or not is inappropriate
on April 23,2013 | 04:20PM
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