Thursday, 25 April 2013

Fired anchor Letterman: Fired 'F-bomb' anchor tells Letterman he'd work for ESPN

Fired anchor Letterman: Fired 'F-bomb' anchor tells Letterman he'd work for ESPN, In case you missed it, fired news anchor A.J. Clemente went from an inauspicious potty-mouthed debut on a local news station to national notoriety, capped off by an appearance with David Letterman Wednesday on the “Late Show.”

Yahoo! News recapped the April 24 visit with Letterman shortly after the show aired.

During his interview with host David Letterman, Clemente admitted that he "crawled in bed" after the now-notorious incident.

Clemente, who made news earlier this week for dropping two curse words in his first 15 seconds ever on live air, was sheepish about his gaffe, which instantly became an internet sensation. The video of him swearing on live TV has been viewed millions of times.

"I went home, crawled in bed and called my parents," Clemente admitted. "But the next day, you gotta pick yourself up, you gotta laugh at yourself and keep going."

Tuesday night, Letterman primed viewing audiences by devoting his Top 10 list to Clemente's plight, calling it "Top 10 Signs Your First Day as a News Anchorman Did Not Go Well."

Letterman’s jabs included Number 8: "Weatherman tells you to expect an 80 percent chance of unemployment," Number 4: "Last story of the broadcast announced a job opening for a news anchor" and Number 2: "Kept dropping your pants and yelling, 'This just in!'"

Letterman asked Clemente on whether he'd take his job back if his former station, KFYR, offered it. Clemente mulled it over and hedged his response with, "I've thought about it, but if ESPN comes knocking...," Clemente told Letterman.

"Look, I'm trying to get you the job back in Bismarck, forget about ESPN," Letterman snapped back. "That ain't gonna happen. You're going back to Bismarck."

KFYR news in Bismarck, N.D initially suspended the anchor after receiving a flood of viewer complaints over his vulgar broadcast introduction, which clearly left the embarassed anchor in a compromising spot, as he struggled through the rest of the broadcast. He was fired shortly after that.

News director Monica Hannan replied April 23 to the barrage of criticism on the TV station’s Facebook page, saying the station trains its employees to always assume their microphone is live when sitting at the news desk, but that the station cannot “take back what was said.”

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