And … also the shortest anchor career
posted at 11:55 am on April 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Just to follow up on AP’s post of the most awesome anchor debut ever, we must sadly report that we won’t have A. J. Clemente to kick around any more:
Last night KFYR posted on the Facebook account that Clemente had been suspended. This morning Clemente posted on his Twitter feed that he’d been fired:
Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.
— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013
My good friend Rob Port is actually unhappy about this:
[W]hat a stupid move by KFYR. He made an honest mistake. Yeah, maybe he ticked off the prudes, but if social media is any indication he had far more people on his side than did KFYR.
Look, everyone makes mistakes, and the ones in front of live mikes are usually the most embarrassing. Still, with this kind of debut demonstrating the judgment Clemente brought to the work, it would have been difficult for the station to justify putting him back on the air over other talent they could promote.