On Sunday, A.J. Clemente debuted as a weekend anchor on Bismarck, North Dakota’s NBC affiliate KFYR and his first words on-air were …. “fucking shit.”
As Clemente commented on Twitter afterwards, “That couldn’t have gone any worse!”
But the world’s worst first impression didn’t end there. When asked by his co-host to introduce himself, Clemente mumbled something about graduating from West Virginia University and being used to the East Coast. What?
It’s unclear if Clemente’s first impression will also be his last.
The station posted an apology on Facebook.
“To all of you who are writing in…I want to apologize for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on the air,” KFYR-TV News Director Monica Hannan said in the statement.
“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.”
Stay Classy, Bismarck.