David Letterman urges North Dakota station to re-hire A.J. Clemente

The inexperienced anchor was fired on his first day after cursing on-air

Published April 25, 2013 1:12PM (EDT)

Ironically, WVU grad A.J. Clemente's broadcasting career has really taken off after being fired from his first day as an anchor for muttering "Fucking...Shit" on the air earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Clemente appeared on the "Today" show and "Late Show" with David Letterman to discuss the firing. Letterman even rallied for getting Clemente his job back:

"I'm telling you, this is nothing," Letterman told Clemente. "People who have been in the business for decades have had this happen to them -- some even knowing they were on camera have done things like this. You, my friend, have nothing to worry about."

But the unexpected stardom may have already gone to Clemente's head, who joked, "I’ve thought about it, but if, you know, ESPN comes knocking…”

Letterman responded: “Look, I’m trying to get you the job back in Bismarck. Forget about ESPN, that ain’t gonna happen!”

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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