TV anchor fired after dropping F-bomb in first broadcast

New TV anchor A.J. Clemente was suspended after dropping the F-bomb on his first broadcast....

New TV anchor A.J. Clemente was suspended after dropping the F-bomb on his first broadcast. (YouTube screengrab)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

A North Dakota news anchor has been canned after the first words out of his mouth in his first broadcast on the station Sunday were "f---in' s---."

"Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support," A.J. Clemente tweeted Monday morning.

The gaffe has been watched thousands of times on YouTube, with hundreds on Facebook page and Twitter calling for NBC affiliate KFYR-TV to reinstate Clemente.

"AJ was nervous! Give him a chance!" Stacey Ward wrote on the station's Facebook page.

The station claimed the anchor wasn't aware he was live and apologized.

"We were caught off guard and we didn't realize his microphone was on, and while that is no excuse we do train our reporters to always assume any microphone is live at anytime. Unfortunately we can't take back what was said but we do apologize," anchor Van Tieu said on the air later that night.

After the slip, Clemente tweeted that his opening broadcast "couldn't have gone any worse!"

**WARNING: Profane language**


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