Local Anchor Fired After Swearing in First On-Air Appearance (Video)

Van Tieu and AJ Clemente
Van Tieu and AJ Clemente
 

There are some words you just can't take back.

A local news anchor was fired Monday after he accidentally let out a string of swear words during his first appearance on air on Sunday evening.

AJ Clemente's debut appearance on North Dakota's NBC affiliate KFYR went terribly wrong when the cameras started rolling and he could be heard uttering "f---ing sh-t" under his breath. Once he realized he was on air, the exchange between Clemente and co-anchor Van Tieu was painfully awkward.

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While he was suspended right after the broadcast, Clemente revealed Monday that he had been fired.

"Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support," he tweeted.

He added later: "Rookie mistake. I'm a free agent. Cant help but laugh at myself and stay positive. Wish i didnt trip over my 'Freaking Shoes' out of the gate."

On Sunday, Clemente was immediately suspended and Tieu apologized during the 10 p.m. news hour.

"We were caught off guard and [Clemente] didn't realize his microphone was on," she said. "And while that was no excuse -- we do train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time -- unfortunately, we cannot take back what was said. But, we do apologize and hope that you may forgive us and rest assured, that something like this will not happen again."

Watch the video below to see Clemente's doomed debut appearance.

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