A.J. Clemente, rookie TV anchor, says he's fired for profanity on air

BISMARCK, N.D. A weekend news anchorman for a Bismarck television station says he was fired after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities.

A.J. Clemente says on Twitter that KFYR-TV fired him Monday:

The NBC affiliate said in an earlier statement that Clemente was suspended following the Sunday evening broadcast. General manager Dick Heidt says he can't discuss the incident because it's a personnel matter.

The station posted an apology online and co-anchorwoman Van Tieu also apologized during the 10 p.m. newscast.

After the on-air gaffe, Clemente introduced himself as a West Virginia graduate who said he was "very excited" about joining the anchor desk.

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 him.

Clemente tweeted after the broadcast: "That couldn't have gone any worse!"

He later added:

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