TV reporter fired for profanity to hit red carpet
This image released by NBC shows former news anchor A.J. Clemente on the "Today" show, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in New York. Clemente was fired Monday from a North Dakota television station after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities on Sunday. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota news anchor whose profanity-laced television debut got him fired after one broadcast is already getting job offers.
A.J. Clemente's first stint as an anchor at KFYR-TV in Bismarck on Sunday night was also his last after he uttered two obscenities just as cameras began to roll. Clemente was fired Monday.
By Wednesday, he was making appearances on national talk shows as a bit of a celebrity. On "Live with Kelly and Michael," hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan offered Clemente a job interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at the premiere of Pierce Brosnan's "Love Is All You Need." A wide-eyed Clemente agreed.
This image released by NBC shows hosts Savannah Guthrie, left, and Matt Lauer, center, with news anchor A.J. Clemente on the "Today" show, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in New York. Clemente was fired Monday after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities on Sunday. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
Later, he tweeted photos from the set of "The Late Show" with David Letterman, where he was to appear Wednesday night.