ND news anchor’s career derailed by “Freaking Shoes” on the air

When your fired, you’re fired. Or are you…?

We’ve all been there. In a moment of stress, we utter something under our breath that may be a bit…racy. You know what I mean; expletive laden thoughts. Now imagine if that moment was caught on camera and broadcast to a television viewing audience. That is the case for one former news anchor in North Dakota.

AJ Clemente was fired from his job as an anchor for North Dakota NBC station KFYR after uttering what can most easily be translated into “freaking shoes,” unaware that his microphone was still live. The worst part of this story is that it was not only AJ’s first day on the air as anchor, it was also his last. The difficulty stemmed from  not only first day jitters, but the fact that the first words he was to utter on the air was a story about the winner of the Boston marathon, Tsegaye Kebede. Still, owning up to his on-air gaffe, Clemente took to the Twitter-sphere to give a decidedly light-hearted spin to his predicament.

“Tough day,Thanks for the support,We all make mistakes. I’m truly sorry for mine.
I’ll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this.”

Later, Clemente posted the news that no news anchor wants to get from his employer.

“Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity
and everyone for the support.”

But it is safe to say the the legend that is becoming AJ Clemente will not end soon. He is slated to appear as a guest on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday.

What do you think of AJ’s mistake? Should he have lost his job, or been given a second chance? Weigh in with your comments.

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