Fired News Anchor A.J. Clemente Back On The Job -- As A Bartender

A.J. Clemente as he appeared on KFYRThe news anchor who dropped the expletives heard around the Web is back to work. Just not at the kind of position he might have hoped. A.J. Clemente, 24, was fired in late April after saying the words, ""F---ing sh-t," on live television. It was his first day at work at NBC affiliate KFYR in Bismarck, N.D. Now he's reportedly found a job -- as a $2.23-an-hour bartender.

Not quite the television break he was hoping for. And neither is it really a new job. He's returned to the bartending gig that he had before getting the anchor slot; he's tending bar at the Table and Taproom in Dewey Beach, Del., located 45 miles south of Dover. He's working hard for tips, too. The bar is promoting his semi-celebrity status with a sign, "A.J. Clemente/Straight From Letterman/Tonight Behind The Bar."

"I definitely need to make money for bills," he told the celebrity entertainment news site, RumorFix.com. That's quite the comedown for a man who enjoyed media coverage that might make even the Kardashians envious. Since getting fired, he has been on the "Today" show, "Live With Kelly and Michael" and "The Late Show With David Letterman," among other venues, to discuss the incident. And since being posted to YouTube, the clip of his on-air mishap has garnered more than 1.7 million views.

In speaking to David Letterman, Clemente said "nobody knew" the cameras were rolling when he dropped the f-bomb. He was even surprised about it when he was finally notified by the show's producers. "By the third [commercial] break my news director walks in, and says you need to apologize. I say, 'For what?' "

But even though he, as he recalled it, "went home, crawled in bed and called [his] parents" after getting fired, he has no hard feelings, he says. "I fully expected they would fire me," he told the "Today" show. "I even called my news director after and apologized again." There was "no animosity at all," he added.

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Clemente has also turned into a trendsetter of sorts. Since his on-air slip a handful of reporters have found themselves in similar situations. Chicago television reporter Susannah Collins was fired earlier this month after she mistakenly referred to the Chicago Blackhawks' "tremendous sex" -- she meant "success." (Her bosses said that they fired her due to "unrelated" circumstances.)

And last week, BBC radio presenter Paula White was yanked off air by her producers after a listener sent a text message to her producers questioning whether she was drunk. It was her last day hosting the Friday afternoon segment, and she could be heard slurring remarks like, "It's a P-A-R-T-Y because I said sooooooo." She's admitted to having had a few drinks, but denies being drunk. The BBC has yet to decide on her fate. But White was immediately taken off air for performing "under par," according to the BBC.

Clemente, for his part, wants to get back in the game. At one point during their interview, Letterman asked Clemente if he would take his old job back in North Dakota if an offer came. "I've thought about it," he said. Then added, "But if ESPN comes knocking ...," suggesting that he might be thinking bigger this time.


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troopabn

Yeah, Dewey Beach is about 15 miles north of Ocean Ctiy, Maryland. They only do business for about 3 months of the year. What will he do the other 9 months?

May 21 2013 at 7:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi there

He can drop F bombs to his heart's content in his new career.

May 21 2013 at 7:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brawlinbetty99

What a shame, it was his 1st freak'g day!! Cut the little cusser some slack, hah!

May 21 2013 at 2:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the aol experien

If you don’t have those word in your normal vocabulary they should never slip out.

May 20 2013 at 8:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
emoore2927

Aside from the F Bomb he really didn't come across as a good anchor. Plus my eyes kept going to that big mole on his lip.

May 20 2013 at 1:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Don Murphy

Hmm, it was his first day you know. Not going to waste time defending his stupendous blunder, but in terms of how he "came across" to you, are you familiar with the concept of nerves? One would hope your comment was intended to be facetious and is not indicative of your general thought process.

May 20 2013 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
normde

Quite frankly, I would not hire someone who talks like that, on or off mic.

May 20 2013 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Don Murphy

Don't be naive now as many of the sweetest, daintiest, friendliest and most professional little sweethearts who've ever appeared before a camera were no more strangers to dropping f-bombs off-camera than they were to the ins and outs of hair and makeup. Your comment becomes even more unrealistic when one considers the off-camera behavior of men, obviously. While the interview and hiring process can be very exhaustive depending on the job you're seeking, the only way to really get to know someone in this world is to spend copious amounts of time around them over a very long period of time and sometimes even that turns out to not be enough.

May 20 2013 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Arthur Caputo

It's funny how ordinary people have to fight tooth and nail to survive. The man cursed on the air and got fired. Meanwhile, people who start illegal wars for oil profits, illegally spy on the American people, illegally torture people and allow crooks to plunder our treasury , are honored with a LIBRARY.Please post this comment and NOT censure it like you did my first comment

May 16 2013 at 5:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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cindyde

he can curse there all he wants

May 16 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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home

If he is any good, his tips are GREAT! I know several bartenders who make really good money

May 20 2013 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
willyam73

Stop being so sensitive America! I can't say it out loud, buy i can do this... S**T! We all know what is meant

May 16 2013 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
acidrain97

People need to get over the swearing. Everybody does it. God forbit if a 5 year old should here the F-bomb. Let them learn early in life it's not a bed of roses... BTW Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, Jesus.. FAKE! FAKE! AND MOST OF ALL REALLY FAKE!

May 16 2013 at 3:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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saijjy

How about learning to spell?

May 20 2013 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Don Murphy

Meh, that's probably less about spelling and more about proofreading. Like anything in life that requires a little effort most don't indulge in it any more than they have to.

May 20 2013 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Jim Marcum

I don't agree with you at all..."everybody does not do it." There are some people in this world that can express what they want to convey without using some kind of vulgar communication. Just what does some filthy language add to any conversation. A person that cannot speak without using some type of gutter language needs to put their brain in gear before speaking. There is no place on TV where it can enter a family type audience.

May 20 2013 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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