BISMARCK, N.D. - It was a heck of an introduction to his new television audience for one news anchorman.
A.J. Clemente, a weekend news anchorman for a North Dakota television station, said he was fired after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities.
Clemente appeared on the TODAY Show Wednesday morning and discussed his “rookie mistake” with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
The NBC affiliate KFYR-TV posted an apology to its viewers online after the incident and co-anchorwoman Van Tieu also apologized during a 10 p.m. newscast.
Clemente said on TODAY that he though his firing was warranted and holds no hard feelings.
Watch the interview below:
Video of Clemente's two-word uttering was immediately posted online via social media sites, and the hashtag "Keep AJ" started trending on Twitter in support of the self-described West Virginia University graduate.
Clemente appeared flustered after uttering the expletives.
Here is a censored version of the clip:
Clemente tweeted after the broadcast: "That couldn't have gone any worse!"
Watch the uncensored version of the clip here : http://bit.ly/ZisgzK
Associated Press contributed to this story.
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