KFYR News Anchor A.J. Clemente Drops F-bomb in TV Gaffe
KFYR news anchor A.J. Clemente began his nightly broadcast in Bismarck by saying “F*ckin sh*t” into his microphone, which was on.
The footage of him swearing on live TV has gone viral around the world.
The station was forced to suspend him after they were inundated with complaints.
News director Monica Hannan has replied to the barrage of criticism on the TV station’s Facebook page.
She wrote: "To all of you who are writing in…I want to apologise for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on the air.
"He did not realise his microphone was on, but still, that’s no excuse. He was later suspended for using profanity and his coanchor, Van Tieu, opened up the 10:00 p.m. news hour with an apology.
"We were caught off guard and [Clemente] didn't realize his microphone was on. And while that was no excuse - we do train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time - unfortunately we cannot take back what was said. But, we do apologize and hope that you may forgive us and rest assured, that something like this will not happen again.," she said.