First Time Anchorman Gets Fired For Swearing On Live TV
What a way to launch a TV career, with two curse words.
Now, A.J. Clemente is a national celebrity for screwing up during his very first moments as an anchorman.
George Stephanopoulos said on Good Morning America, "He forgot the first rule of live TV, the mic is always on!"
Donald Trump weighed in and said, "This guy's no Walter Cronkite!"
Even David Letterman cracked jokes with a Top 10 list, "The Top Ten Signs your First Day as a News Anchorman Did Not Go Well."
Clemente's co-anchor on KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota, was flustered as she attempted to introduce the new anchorman to Sunday night’s viewers.
But the 24-year-old West Virginia University graduate knew he was in hot water.
"That couldn't have gone any worse!," he tweeted shortly after his disastrous debut.
Actually, it did get worse, Clemente was suspended after the broadcast and fired the following day.
Now, he's being compared to Will Ferrell's character, Ron Burgundy, in Anchorman.
INSIDE EDITION has acquired Clemente's resume reel, and it shows a man with some promise at the anchor desk.
His screw up came at the beginning of the show. Here's the crazy part, his bumbling broadcast that cost him his job has gone viral, and he's now got millions of fans.
Gayle King on CBS This Morning said, "I feel for A.J.! He shouldn't have lost his job!"
Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly and Michael said, "I'm obsessed with A.J. Cemente! I want to get my A.J. Clemente fan club started!"
Can Clemente recover from this disaster?
Well, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz shocked a lot of people with his obscenity-laced message of inspiration to the people of Boston, by telling the crowd at Fenway Park, “This is our [expletive] city.”
The FCC forgave Ortiz. So, is there a job for Clemente somewhere out there? Well, he's available and he's got a sense of humor about himself, tweeting, "Rookie mistake. I'm a free agent. Can't help but laugh at myself and stay positive."