Recently fired news anchor A.J. Clemente, who lost his job at a North Dakota television station on his first day after uttering an expletive on air, got a boost of good publicity from national talk show host David Letterman. Letterman invited Clemente to appear on his nightly talk show and even designed the night’s top ten list around Clemente’s verbal goof that promptly earned him one of the fastest pink slips in anchoring history. During his conversation with Clemente, Letterman criticized the station management in Bismarck for being “goons” for firing the new anchorman and asked him if he would take back the job if offered it.
“What about these goons in Bismarck,” Letterman asked, “are they going to give you the job back?” He told Clemente that he’s “better than” the local news in North Dakota and “they should apologize to you.” He continued, “If you want to, you should be offered that job back.”
Clemente laughed that he would prefer that ESPN made him an offer. Letterman joked back that that scenario was highly unlikely, but that he was committed to helping Clemente get back the local anchoring job that he lost in Bismarck
Clemente responded with the not-so-humble remark: “I’ve thought about it, but if, you know, ESPN comes knocking…”
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Letterman personally knows what it is like to be caught up in negative publicity. A few years ago a personal romantic indiscretion led to a blackmail attempt and the disclosure that he was unfaithful in his marriage. CBS stuck by Letterman at the time and the comedian/host may feel it’s his time to return the favor to another personality who made a mistake.
Check out a a video of fired anchor A.J. Clemente on Letterman
Letterman Tries To Get Fired Anchor A.J. Clemente’s Job Back For Him: ‘They Should Apologize To You’
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