News anchor suspended for F-bomb debut

2013-04-24 08:27
Los Angeles - A TV news presenter has been suspended after swearing just five seconds into his debut broadcast.

A.J. Clemente muttered "fucking shit" under his breath as he prepared to say his first words in his new job at North Dakota's KFYR network, and despite apologising for his rude remark, bosses at NBC were not so understanding.

Monica Hannan, news director at KFYR, wrote on the station's official Facebook page: "To all of you who are writing in... I want to apologise for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on the air.

'Ask for your forgiveness'

"He did not realise 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. (sic)"

Following the error, A.J. tweeted: "Tough day, thanks for the support, we all make mistakes. I'm truly sorry for mine. I'll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this."

Watch A.J. Clemente's now-infamous TV debut here:


  • Anthony Haahjem - 2013-04-24 09:37

    What a toffee!

  • Sht Stirrer - 2013-04-24 09:41

    Why was he suspended? He was just commenting on the corrupt SA politicians.

  • Ishmail Shepherd - 2013-04-24 09:56


  • Chaze Damonze - 2013-04-24 10:01

    Damn! Its almost painful to watch

      Douglas Hollis - 2013-04-25 17:05

      He certainly didn't mutter that 'under his breath'. Hell no, it was more like a right and proper cuss, he probably just wasn't expecting to be on air already. How to recover from that?!

  • Coenraad Van Der Westhuizen - 2013-04-24 10:12

    Ron Burgundy Jr.

  • Gillian Louw - 2013-04-24 10:25

    His co-anchor seemed gob-smacked and even messed her lines up too.

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-04-24 10:48

    LOL this is awesome.

  • Tshepo Ally - 2013-04-24 13:38

    hahahahaha. he killed it. what a stunner!

  • Riffak Traws - 2013-04-27 17:40

    Wow! A live human being on the news, awesome! Was getting tired of the drones they use so much, especially the weather guy in SABC news lol

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