Foul-Mouthed Anchor AJ Clemente Is Now Tending Bar In Delaware

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There was a lot of consternation in some circles about all the attention former KFYR anchor AJ Clemente got after dropping the f-bomb on-air during his anchor debut (video here). There was a feeling, especially among reporters in the state, that Clemente’s profane faux pas shouldn’t have garnered him late-night television bookings and national media attention.

Well the ill-wishers can be happy. Now that Mr. Clemente’s fifteen minutes of fame are over, he’s tending bar in Delaware for $2.35 an hour:

The 24-year-old, who became a Internet sensation when he dropped the F-bomb on his first day anchoring in North Dakota, is back to his previous job — working as a bartender and barback.

A.J. tells RumorFix exclusively, “This is what I’m doing for now — I definitely need to make moneyfor bills.”

Friday night, he was behind the bar at the Table and Taproom in Dewey Beach, Delaware and his old stomping grounds took advantage of his new celebrity status.

I guess cursing on air isn’t as good for a career in broadcast journalism as some thought.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • kevindf

    His 15 minutes of fame went by fast.

  • Lianne

    He can pay bill on $2.35/hr?
    Bar room is probably more fitting for him anyway.

  • Roy_Bean

    Delaware is a good place for him. Joe Biden can drop by and tell him that it wasn’t a big f@#*en deal and he should clean up his mouth and move on.

  • JimTown Guy

    He”ll probably make more tending bar than he would have at KFYR.

    • RCND

      Whatever that payrate is at KFYR, it’s too much. They are not news, they are a station that runs a 30 minute community billboard twice a day

  • borborygmi45

    7.5 min fame and proof for Rob that Higher Ed is a waste of Time.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’ve never said higher Ed is a waste of time. I just think higher Ed policy has created a bubble, and that a lot of institutions such as those here in ND aren’t really being run with students in mind.

  • kevindf

    How much is his student loan payment?

  • Simon

    Maybe he’s waiting for a publisher to run with his autobiography.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      He’ll be waiting a while.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

    I think we tend to look at colleges like factories there to produce the workers we think the economy needs.

    But that’s a bad way to look at them. They should be seen like businesses, providing research and academic services.

  • Lianne

    I guess I always thought they got at least minimum +tips. People must really tip well while they sit at the bar, huh?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Waitresses and bar tenders have a different minimum wage because of the tips.

      • Lianne

        Bartenders, IMHO, have more responsibility than waitresses, and would then be paid at least $7 something. Though, I admit, my bar experience is quite limited. I am just surprised they aren’t paid more.

  • Drain52

    I can hear bartender Clemente already: “Shaddap already, ya worthless %#! I got yer *^%!@ beer right here so hold onto tuh yer &*%!!”*! pants.”

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    That’s effing wonderful. He’s probably making more money bartending than he would have at the TV station. The pay for newbies in broadcasting is sh*t.

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