USA TODAY - He was hired. And then he was fired. And now he's been hired - for a night - as a celebrity correspondent.
A.J. Clemente, the North Dakota anchor who shot to fame for dropping an f-bomb on the air on his first day on the job only to be immediately fired, stopped by Live With Kelly and Michael today.
And the two co-hosts offered him a job.
"A.J., you know, I've got to tell you, that this clip of you has captivated all of us," Kelly Ripa told him. "It's taken us on a wild ride. What exactly was going on in your head when that happened? Were you aware that you were on the air?"
Replied Clemente, "I had no clue." And there was a bleep, even though he didn't curse. The show's control room bleeped him to be funny.
"Y'all so wrong for that," said co-host Michael Strahan.
Kelly explained it was a "precautionary bleep."
"Wait. Are we live?" joked Clemente. He explained that he had "no idea" he was live when his now-famous cursing occurred on NBC affiliate KFYR. His co-host "happened to be looking at the teleprompter, I happened to be looking down. I'm going over the London marathon winner's name. ... That was what tripped me. I'm still not going to pronounce it."
And the rest, said Clemente, a native New Yorker, is history. In a nutshell, the station fired him and apologized to offended viewers.
Strahan then said to Clemente, "One thing about New Yorkers, we believe in giving second chances, man. Yesterday, we called for you. You came here today. (Applause) So, we have a challenge for you if you're willing to accept it. We're going to send you to cover the star-studded red-carpet premiere of Pierce Brosnan's new movie, Love Is All You Need."
Said Ripa: "Now, should you choose to accept this mission, your job is to interview all the celebrities that you can and bring the tape back to us here tomorrow. Are you up for it? What do you think?"
Clemente agreed. "Yeah," he said, adding, "yeah, definitely."