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: