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Rookie North Dakota News Anchor Begins First Broadcast with 'Gay' F-Bomb: VIDEO


NBC North Dakota Anchor AJ Clemente did not have an auspicious first day on the job, beginning his broadcast with the words "gay... f**king... sh*t". On the bright side, North Dakota viewers finally got to see something interesting on the news.

Aj_clementeWatch (warning: language), AFTER THE JUMP...

Clemente has been suspended by the station:

To all of you who are writing in...I want to apologize for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on the air.

He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that's no excuse. WE train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time. Unfortunately, that was not enough in this case. WE can't take back what was said. The person involved has been suspended until we resolve the situation. All we can do at this point is ask for your forgiveness, and I can offer my personal assurance that I will do my best to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again under my watch.

UPDATE: AJ explains himself on Twitter.

"Tough day, Thanks for the support,We all make mistakes. Im truly sorry for mine. I'll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this...I just want to say that I did not say the word gay, I was trying to pronounce the London Marathon winners name Tsegaye Kebede...I would never disrespect anybody in that matter. Once again I'm truly sorry."

UPDATE II: AJ was fired.


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  1. Moreover, West Virginia is not on the East Coast.

    (The issue wasn't "gay." It was his follow-up.

    Posted by: EdA | Apr 22, 2013 11:37:12 PM

  2. I do feel bad for the guy. Big deal - we all screw upon our first day and this is a freaking affiliate in N.D. where the reporters are paid around $22K/year if lucky. It takes a lot to pick up and go to podunk USA and leave it all behind to follow your dream. But yes, both he and co-anchor are pathetic, wooden and disconnected.

    Posted by: tiko | Apr 23, 2013 3:05:48 AM

  3. Peopke who claim thwy are 'shocked' by profanity in this day and age are gigantic lying hypocrites and I nobody cares about your stupid kids' delicate little ears either.

    Posted by: Charles | Apr 23, 2013 4:10:06 AM

  4. I thought it was funny as hell.

    Posted by: William | Apr 23, 2013 8:20:33 AM

  5. I lived in Fargo for many years, and the Piggly-Wiggly closed MANY decades ago. I believe it turned into a Sunmart. :-)

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Apr 23, 2013 10:21:33 PM

  6. To me it sounds like the first word was "damn" and gay is not a swear word. If he said "fag" it would have been in poor taste but it does not sound like that word at all.

    Posted by: Lynn | Apr 26, 2013 4:38:35 PM

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