Tonight was A.J. Clemente's first night at the anchor desk for Bismarck NBC affiliate KFYR. Things did not go well for A.J.
Admittedly he was a bit nervous beforehand, and admitted so on Twitter:
Alright News Director and GM checking out my tape that we shot yesterday. Seeing if i amready for anchoring.....Awkward Turtle.......— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 21, 2013
...so here we go, A.J.
GOOD LUCK, Buddy!
You gotta love the other anchor trying to reel him and herself in after being completely thrown off. His postmortem was brief.
That couldn't have gone any worse!— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 21, 2013
A.J.'s been suspended, which is f***in' bulls**t.
KFYR's Facebook page included this 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.
Monica Hannan, KFYR-TV News Director