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A.J. Clemente Gets a Pep Talk from Tom Brokaw

In the span of two hours this morning, A.J. Clemente got a chuckle out of Matt Lauer, he got a pep talk from Tom Brokaw and got a job offer — covering a red carpet movie premiere — from Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. (Thankfully for all involved, it’ll be on tape.)

The once (and only once) North Dakota anchor is in New York explaining why he uttered the words “fucking shit” at the start of the 5pm news on Bismark NBC affiliate KFYR Sunday. In his first stop on “Today” he told Lauer and Savannah Guthrie a number of factors, “a storm,” he called it, led him to utter the words. The show went on :30 early, he didn’t have IFB, there was a name in his second script he was having trouble pronouncing and, on top of it all, as this was his very first newscast, so he was nervous. He says he didn’t even realize he was caught on tape until the third commercial break when his news director told him. “I fully expected, you know, that they would fire me,” says Clemente who says he doesn’t hold a grudge.

Later, Clemente went on “Morning Joe,” where South Dakota native and news legend Tom Brokaw told Clemente it can happen to the best of them. “I made a huge gaffe when I was in Omaha at a very early age,” said Brokaw. “It wasn’t quite as, as explicit as yours was, by any means. On the other hand, it was confined to Omaha, because there was no social media.”

Clemente’s 15 minutes continues: he taped an interview with “Inside Edition,” he got an Instagram with Alan Alda and tonight as he goes on the “Late Show with David Letterman

Watch the “Today” and “Morning Joe” appearances after the jump.

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Fired Bismarck Anchor to Appear on ‘Today’

As we predicted, A.J. Clemente — the local Bismarck anchor fired for saying “fucking shit” on the air during his debut newscast on NBC affiliate KFYR — has caught the interest of the morning shows. Clemente tweeted this afternoon that a “Today” show appearance is in the works:

As TVSpy notes, Clemente, who will be on during “Today’s” 7:30 half hour Wednesday morning, was fodder for all three of the network morning shows today. Al Roker weighed in saying, “I don’t think he should have been fired.” Watch:

Who Will Be the First to Book Bismarck Anchor Fired For Saying ‘F-ckin Shit’ On the Air?

A standard rule across the television business: always assume your mic is hot. A local news anchor in Bismarck learned that lesson the hard way last night during his debut newscast on NBC affiliate KFYR, when the first words out of his mouth were “fuckin’ shit.” (TVSpy has the video.)

As it turns out, A.J. Clemente‘s first words on the station were also some of his last. KFYR did not allow him back on the air to anchor the late newscast and, according to his Twitter account, fired him this morning.

Clemente has been fielding interview requests on Twitter. Our question: which television network will get to him first?