Maybe it's a lesson for aspiring TV anchormen everywhere: If you want fame in a hurry, screw up in your very first moment at the anchor desk!
It seems to be working for A.J. Clemente. With two curse words, he was fired from the weekend anchor desk at an NBC affiliate in Bismarck, North Dakota.
"I didn't know I was on air!" he told INSIDE EDITION.
"From Bismacrk, to New York City," INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent said.
"One of the biggest mistakes or blessings of my life," said Clemente.
Right now, it's looking like a blessing. David Letterman welcomed Clemente to his Late Night show, where announcer Alan Kalter gave him some sound advice.
"From the moment you enter a TV studio, behave as if you're going live. Got it?" he said.
"Got it," Clemente said.
"(bleep) right, you got it," Kalter said.
Letterman told A.J. he deserved to get his job back, but it seems the kid has bigger ideas.
"I've thought about it, but if ESPN comes knocking," he said.
Letterman joked, "I'm trying to get your job back in Bismarck! Forget ESPN—that ain't gonna happen!"
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan let Clemente work the red carpet at the premiere of Love is All You Need, with Pierce Brosnan and "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter. So how'd it go?
Clemente said, "My first red carpet! I didn't (bleep) it up!"
No, he didn't. In short, A.J. Clemente is turning a big-time blunder into an opportunity.
"You take a second chance, and hopefully you run with it," he said.