The first day on a new job is usually a bit scary. First impressions are extremely important.
A.J. Clemente would probably give anything for a do-over.
During the opening moments of his very first broadcast on an NBC affiliate, the nervous young anchor said something a rather inappropriate. Namely, “f***ing sh*t” (but without the softening benefit of asterisks).
Clemente was, of course, mortified when he realized that his mic was live, and the ensuing banter with his co-host is cringe-inducingly awkward.
He apologized for the slip-up on Twitter last night, summarizing the mishap with what was probably a drastic understatement: “Tough day.”
Tough day,Thanks for the support,We all make mistakes. Im truly sorry for mine. I’ll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this.
— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 22, 2013
But Clemente shouldn’t beat himself up too much about it. He’s certainly not the first newscaster to cuss on the air — and he won’t be the last. In a very literal sense, sh*t happens on live television.
Here are a few of the foul-mouthed pioneers who paved the way. Obviously, there’s some NSFW language, so headphones are recommended.
And, for good measure, the classic Bill O’Reilly freakout.