Ousted Anchor Hired as Correspondent for 'Live! with Kelly and Michael'
A. J. Clemente, who became talk of the town after swearing on his first day working as news anchor on North Dakota's NBC affiliate KFYR-TV, has been given a second chance. Stopping by "Live! with Kelly and Michael" as a guest on Wednesday, April 24, he was offered a job as a celebrity correspondent for a night.
"One thing about New Yorkers, we believe in giving second chances, man. Yesterday, we called for you. You came here today," Michael Strahan told Clemente. "So, we have a challenge for you if you're willing to accept it. We're going to send you to cover the star-studded red-carpet premiere of Pierce Brosnan's new movie, 'Love Is All You Need'."
Kelly Ripa continued to explain the job they offered, "Now, should you choose to accept this mission, your job is to interview all the celebrities that you can and bring the tape back to us here tomorrow. Are you up for it? What do you think?" Without a doubt, the ousted anchor replied, "Yeah, yeah, definitely."
Clemente lost his job as news anchor after he said, "F**king s**t," when opening his first-ever broadcast last Sunday, April 21. KFYR-TV News Director stated, "He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that's no excuse."
Asked by Ripa if he was aware that he was on the air during the incident, he said, "I had no clue." The ABC show jokingly bleeped him out even though he didn't curse, to which Strahan responded, "Y'all so wrong for that." Ripa claimed that it was a "precautionary bleep."
"Wait. Are we live?" Clemente joked, before recalling that his co-host "happened to be looking at the teleprompter, I happened to be looking down. I'm going over the London marathon winner's name," during the broadcast, which has now became a bad day for him. He explained, "That was what tripped me. I'm still not going to pronounce it."
Following his flub, Clemente has been invited to show up on several network shows, including "Today" and "Late Show with David Letterman". David Letterman campaigned for Clemente to get his job back, saying on his talk show, "There should be an offer, and they should apologize to you."
"And you should go back because you're man enough to face the music. You've been on this show, you've been on a lot of shows, you've been on the Twitter and on the Facefeed and all of that stuff. If you want to, you should be offered that job back," the comedian added.
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