North Dakota News Anchor Fired After First Broadcast For Mumbling "F***ing S**t" On Air
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North Dakota News Anchor Fired After First Broadcast For Mumbling "F***ing S**t" On Air

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | April 22, 2013 | Comments ()

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If he didn't look like such a tool, and if he weren't apparently also mumbling "gay" (is that what he's saying under his breath), I might feel sorry for A.J. Clemente, who is the most famous one-day news anchor ever. Yesterday, facing first-time jitters, Clemente let loose a "f***ing s**t" under his breath because he didn't know his mic was on, although the fact that his co-anchor awkwardly was introducing him should've been a fairly clip tip off.

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    It's all context, I guess. David Ortiz can say "fucking" to 37,000 people at Fenway Park and a TV audience and he gets a standing ovation because ... well, because if you're from Boston, you can get away with just about anything for the next week or so:

    "This jersey that we wear today, it doesn't say 'Red Sox,' it says 'Boston,' We want to thank you Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick, the whole police
    department for the great job they did this past week. This is our
    fucking city."

  • ,

    The Sunday anchor in North Dakota is not going to be the cream of the crop.

    Not that the West Virginia weekend local anchors are any better.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    His cursing was far and away the most natural-sounding part of anything he uttered. I'm surprised he got the job in the first place.

  • googergieger

    Pshh, that's it? When I was the local weatherman for our local Spanish channel, I once did an entire forecast using my penis as the pointer. Luckily most of the weather was hanging low and to the left that day.

  • Clevegal42

    I don't know who I feel worse for - this poor guy that just ruined his career, or the people of North Dakota that have to put up with shoddy newscasters in the first place.

  • ,

    "Ruined his career"

    Never never never never never bet against the comeback.

  • ,

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand now he's getting interviewed all over the damn place. Best thing that ever happened to the fuckin' guy.

  • chanohack

    This shit is why I LOVE live TV.

  • Ed

    THAT guy is a trained anchor? He doesn't have an ounce of vocal production or technique. He sounds like a YouTube video (which is fitting, considering his fate).

  • Erich

    to give him just the slightest bit of credit, he wasn't saying Gay, he was trying to figure how to pronounce Tsegaye Kebede, the winner of the London Marathon.

    Still a complete gibbering fool who rightfully got canned, but there was no insult of homosexuals or whatnot.

  • JJ

    And boom goes the unemployment check.

  • bleujayone

    I know a man with Tourette Syndrome who even when hopped up on a triple espresso is in more control of his mouth than this dunderhead. Maybe it just dawned on him he was broadcasting from intimidating cosmopolis that is North Dakota.

  • He should head on down to this neck of the woods. We'll teach him to stay classy. It's kind of what we do. Unfortunately, though, it'll probably at least a year if not longer before the next baby panda opportunity rolls around. Truly, poor timing on his part. In the mean time, we can just hide him in late night weather reporting, either over in Coleman's Enthusiastic Global Warming Skepticism Corner or alongside Miss Hawaii 1996 and her sizeable... um... radar detectors.

  • wsapnin

    Maybe he will get to make a spectacular comeback with the panda has a baby.

  • wsapnin

    when the panda has a baby, not with. Geez, and I didn't even have my morning whiskey.

  • Chester Percival Bone

    I think he was saying, "OKAY...FUCKIN SHIT! OKAY.....OKAY...." You know, failing miserably at psyching himself up.

  • PDamian

    According to his Twitter feed, he was trying to pronounce London Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede's name before having to say it in the news. Plausible, I guess. His Twitter also says he "can't help but laugh at himself and try to stay positive." How one stays positive after one wrecks one's career so spectacularly is anyone's guess.

  • googergieger

    Don't know, doesn't that "keep fucking that chicken" guy still have a pretty rocking career?

  • PDamian

    The chicken fucker is already an established, experienced anchor. It's harder to recover when the mistakes come at the beginning of your career.

    That "try to stay positive" comment has been bothering me since I first read it. I finally figured out why: there's no real regret or remorse behind it. It's as if someone did something to him, rather than him doing something to himself. Way to take responsibility, kid.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I know whenever I'm getting ready to do a live broadcast, I always repeat "fucking shit gay" as a vocal exercise.

  • Maguita NYC

    It's "gay, fucking shit". Makes better warm-up for homophobic and all-around ignorant enunciation. Why is he on NBC, wouldn't he serve best on Fox "News" where his misstep would be considered cute and full of promise?

  • Van68

    It's simple arithmetic: West Virginia-trained anchor + North Dakota broadcast standards = Internet Good Times.

  • luthien26

    *sigh* FIRST rule of TV news: ALWAYS assume the mic is hot. Always.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Words to live by.

  • I thought he was saying "Yeah yeah". But that doesn't make sense. Although neither either does "I'm used to, um, you know, from being from the uh East coast."

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, if the "fucking shit gay" didn't get him fired, the "um, you know" would have.

    Why was he trying to read the news on air? Shouldn't he have practiced a few minutes BEFORE the newscast?

  • Joe Grunenwald

    "OH SHIT I've never been on TV before or answered simple questions about myself WHATDOIDO"

  • Erich


  • They should have done a test run with this noob first. OH WELL.

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