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Will F-Bomb Lead To Shortest Career In TV Ever? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Monday, 22 April 2013 08:19

This weekend Bismarck's KFYR-TV got to introduce a new weekend co-anchor.  His introduction was less than good.  Some might also say it's NOT SAFE FOR LITTLE EARS.  Here it is:

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So immediately after this went down, there was apparently a bit of a firestorm around the interwebs with people who thought A.J. Clemente's first on-air word as a TV co-anchor was "gay."  Well, Clemente apparently responded to that via Twitter and insists he "did not say the word gay" and that he "was trying to pronounce the London Marathon winners name Tsegaye Kebede."  (Twitter)  I suppose he should be given the benefit of the doubt on that part.  But I gotta say this: I've been interviewed on TV once or twice. I don't think I've ever said anything stupid when a mic was on me, but I may have. I try to remember that anything I say when there's a microphone around might possibly end up on Joe Scarborough's show on MSBNC if I mutter something stupid.  Mr. Clemente would be well advised to try to remember that, too.  

One thing about this is that he's ten times more famous, nationally and internationally, than any of the other hacks at KFYR.  The guy's already made the Huffington Post, MSN.comThe New York Post, the U.K.'s DailyMail & Independent, Australia's News.com.au,  Mediaite.com and AwfulAnnouncing.com. You couldn't possibly ask for a bigger introduction to weekend news anchoring, though you might be able to ask for a better one.

I'd be lying if I said I've never muttered a choice curse word or two under my breathe.

P.S. I don't watch KFYR TV news because they haven't done any worthwhile journalism in years and I don't care for their management team, at all.


Comments (3)add comment

Big Running said:

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Chet,

I have heard you say many stupid things. For example, using the terms "liberal democrat" and "good idea" in the same sentence...

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April 22, 2013
Votes: -5

Max said:

Run with it!
He sounds like a great lead-in for Jimmy Fallon at 10:35. Time to crush KMXB in the 18-35 demo!
 
April 22, 2013
Votes: +1

Jason said:

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He made a mistake. And it's too bad that it was on his first time out. And it's too bad that it cost him his job.

On the otherhand. It's a good chance the FCC will come down hard on KFYR. I bet the lawyers are scrambling right now. I'm guessing that is why they fired him instead of allowing him to apologize and move forward. To show the FCC that they don't support what he did in hopes to get a lesser fine.
 
April 23, 2013
Votes: +0

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