‘Today’: Fired TV Anchor A.J. Clemente on Watching ‘Gut-wrenching’ Video

by | April 24, 2013 at 1:24 PM | The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, TV News

News anchor A.J. Clemente had the worst first day of work ever on Monday after an F-bomb of epic proportions.

While shaking off the jitters on his first day on the job, a nervous Clemente made the mistake of cursing, not once but twice (“f**king sh*t!”) — and it was captured on-air, in what’s become the most hilarious and cringe-worthy viral video of the week.

“When I first saw the clip, it was gut-wrenching,” Clemente told “The Today Show” Wednesday. “I didn’t even know I said it on camera before my news director walked in on third break.”

“It’s inexcusable, first, to even say those words,” Clemente said, before revealing that the broadcast came on 30 seconds early.

The rookie news anchor had been practicing (unsuccessfully) the names of three London marathoners he was about to report on when he became frustrated and “a fireball shot straight out of my mouth.”

North Dakota NBC affiliate KFYR-TV promptly fired Clemente later that day, with the rookie anchor announcing the news himself on Twitter:

“Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go,” Clemente Tweeted. “Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.”

Clemente is being a good sport about the unfortunate situation, and in addition to his appearance on “Today,” A.J. will stop by “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night.