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Video: The worst anchor debut ever

posted at 10:05 am on April 22, 2013 by

In case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, an obscene beginning to a career in news — not because of the profanity but because this guy is simply terrible on camera. Good lord. Is North Dakota really this desperate for news readers?

F-bomb ahead, so don’t watch if that offends you.

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He looks like Sheldon.

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Don’t look at me. I live in SOUTH Dakota.

gryphon202 on April 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

What a f’ing sh-tty anchor!

Doughboy on April 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

They’re paying $12 / hour for McDonald’s counter workers…so, yes, they are desperate.

LoganSix on April 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

“Tell us a little bit about yourself, AJ.”

“I’m an idiot, Van. And I just proved it to thousands of viewers.”

Ed Morrissey on April 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

“F-CK IT! WE’LL DO IT LIVE!!!”

CurtZHP on April 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

“Tell us a little bit about yourself, AJ.”

“I’m an idiot, Van. And I just proved it to thousands of viewers.”

Ed Morrissey on April 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I swear somewhere in there I heard “boom goes the dynamite”.

Doughboy on April 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

He’ll get promoted to MSNBC. And his profane outburst will be their standard opening.

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I am sure the news director was cussing even more….

The editors probably put it on a loop 10 times and
had it circulating all over the station…

Yes, the news business is brutal…..And lots of bullying goes on…

This guy probably got a good reaming out….

And now that it has gone viral – The FCC is probably checking out
who the owners are – Did they contribute to dear leader or not?

redguy on April 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Wish the girl would have some spunk – like in the old day.

Shy Guy on April 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Wish the girl would have some spunk – like in the old day.

Shy Guy on April 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Heh. “Shut up, A.J.”

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

He’ll be on Maher next week…

RalphyBoy on April 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Is it just me or is he looking at the wrong camera the whole time?

CurtZHP on April 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

lol — Alright, look.

You never learned that you don’t say it to yourself if you aren’t willing to say it in public; you are trying to calm yourself down and feeling full of yourself at the same time, what with the awesome promotion; it dawns on you that you just made an idiot out of yourself in front of everyone, and that you are probably ended before you even began; and you have to stand up at the front of the auditorium and read the announcements in a dead-quiet room anyway.

I might have gone Chevy Chase vs. Nicolette Scorsese myself. There may have been miscellaneous nods and giggling and sweating and “That’s right, Bob” to my co-anchor for no apparent reason. I’m certain my hands would have floated around in strange gesture combinations.

I think the only fair thing to do is give him another hearing. I mean, if we don’t just fire him right now. Another hearing to confirm he’s as bad as he apparently is.

Axe on April 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

lol — “daddy, what’s f****** s***?”

Axe on April 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I pity the fellow but, he really should never have had a speaking job. His diction is horrid.

esnap on April 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

The news director needs his or her head examined. Small market aside, that guy shouldn’t have been anchoring at all. You gotta start somewhere, and he should have been on the streets as a basic reporter (cat in tree, fire at house) before he ever set foot behind the anchor desk. I’d love to see his demo reel.

Hill60 on April 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Ohhh … fudge ….. (only I didn’t really say “fudge”)

listens2glenn on April 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Isn’t some outfit looking for a Matt Lauer replacement?

RushBaby on April 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

BRICK TAMLAND.

portlandon on April 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

And now, the gay f**king s**t news with A.J. Clemente.

CrustyB on April 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

“. . . and was pronounced DEAD at Mercy Medical Center Hospital in Williston, [just like my career]“.

FIFH

SoRight on April 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

BRICK TAMLAND.

portlandon on April 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I don’t know what we’re yelling about…!

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

How many here have ever been live on the air?

Things happen, people.

Calm down.

JoseQuinones on April 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

He’s been fired – new Green Room post is up.

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Stay classy, North Dakota.

coldwarrior on April 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

i dint like the “ah…you know”.
the other i dint mind.
well off to sell insurance for him.

losarkos on April 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I don’t see the problem here. It sounds like he was just offering a definition.

Gay: one who f***s s***.

/ducks

Longing4Lincoln on April 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

What’s the big deal? The FCC said it was okay for David Ortiz to say it the other night.

Mitoch55 on April 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

He’s not a Red Sox player. Only THEY can say f*ck on the air and be excused.

johnnyU on April 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

How anyone can sit through a half hour news broadcast of one minute of news is the real question.

Watching this guy bumble might be as much of a reason as watching a hot woman, but it’s not enough.

NoDonkey on April 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The best part is Van Tieu’s non-reaction. “Ok, well, welcome aboard A.J [and by 'well' I mean 'you are a moron'].”

Fenris on April 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I pity the fellow but, he really should never have had a speaking job. His diction is horrid.

esnap on April 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I’m grading that part of it on a curve, since he just said “F S” on the air seconds before and all. I’m sure he saw his career ending as he was talking.

For some reason I have the “Don’t you know that you are a shooting star” song in my head now.

stldave on April 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

If you ever visited West Virginia University you would understand.

Dennis D on April 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYfDnc42wog
We need more reporters like this!!!!

lakeman on April 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

“Clemente” … ticked a box on the H.R. requirements list.

Not racist. Just keeping it “real”.

Competency is just one factor in the hiring process.

If “F” was all he said, he could have survived it. He won’t survive the profane use of the GAY word though. “Sayonara, Senor Clemente.”

Carnac on April 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I swear somewhere in there I heard “boom goes the dynamite”.

Doughboy on April 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I just went back and re-watched that. That poor guy suffers through several minutes of the worst job anyone has ever done at anything.

hawksruleva on April 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I’m used to um uh being from the east coast. LOL the guy can’t even talk correctly.

envycat on April 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Hey, I’m use to being from the East coast too. It took a while, but now I’m totally comfortable with it.

EricW on April 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

lakeman on April 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

You owe me one keyboard & monitor.

tommer74 on April 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM

lakeman on April 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Some sort of gobbler?

coldwarrior on April 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM