BISMARCK, N.D. —
A Bismarck television station has suspended a weekend news anchorman after he opened his first-ever broadcast with obscenities, apparently unaware he was on the air.
KFYR-TV says in a statement that A.J. 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 NBC affiliate posted an apology online and co-anchorwoman Van Tieu also apologized during the 10 p.m. newscast.
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 the self-described West Virginia University graduate.
Clemente tweeted after the broadcast: “That couldn’t have gone any worse!”