It was supposed to be a big night for brand new KFYR Bismarck news anchor A.J. Clemente. He had tweeted earlier in the day about how excited he was about his first opportunity to anchor the evening news at the station. It was shaping up to be a big night for the young reporter/wannabe anchor.
And it would be…just not in the way he had intended.
A.J. had what most people would agree is the single worst first day in American journalism history. Just as the opening “news theme” hit, A.J. had a case of the nerves and for whatever reason, forgot the one, undisputed rule for any broadcaster–always assume the microphone is hot! The result? A string of profanities that would go viral quicker than any cat video you’ve ever seen.
He tweeted afterwards, “That couldn’t have gone any worse!”
But it would get worse, resulting in a huge controversy which would eventually cost him his job. Despite the overwhelming support he received on the station’s Facebook page, he was let go today.
And even in the face of the sort of public humiliation few of us could ever understand, he stayed classy tweeting,
“Unfortunately KFYR-TV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.”
So David Ortiz of the Red Sox drops an F-Bomb on national TV and the head of the FCC gives him a pass but a nervous kid on his first day on the job in North Dakota gets the boot?