I honestly feel sorry for the guy.
While AJ Clemente was terminated for his awkward on-air debacle, he’s accepting responsibility and learning the hard lesson a hot microphone can be the guillotine of a reporter’s career.
Yeah, he said some pretty bad words on TV…stuff you shouldn’t say on an FCC licensed station.
While his mistake is quite amusing and easy to laugh at, I’ve got to express my sincere empathy for the dude.
Like a bad zit that won’t go away, Clemente’s mistake will now live forever on YouTube. Future employers googling his name will likely find that awkward moment years from now.
Thank goodness YouTube didn’t exist when I began in TV news.
All of you would have a field day.
Here’s a couple of my screw-ups I remember:
-During one of my first live shots, I remember stopping right in the middle. I just stopped and looked into the camera. I froze. I didn’t know what to say. The anchor took over awkwardly. I remember walking back into the station and the whole newsroom was crowded around a TV laughing at it. A confidence killer. I almost quit.
-While anchoring, I got the giggles talking about “World Psoriasis Day.” I couldn’t stop. I laughed through the whole newscast…NON STOP.
-I was teasing a story about “Funk Master Rick James.” When I said the word “funk,” it came out like that other F-word. Ugh. I wanted to leave earth’s orbit that night.
When we screw up in front of THOUSANDS of people, we are often told we suck through twitter or Facebook.
It comes with the territory.
TV news guys, especially when we first start out, are easy targets as we try to look professional while looking more like Fred Savage in a suit.
But those of us who’ve managed to stay in this industry have somehow found the motivation to get in front of an unforgiving audience again and again after we do something seriously embarrassing.
I wish Clemente good luck in the future.
I’m not sure if he will have a career in TV news after this…but as his twitter page says