David Letterman campaigning for fired news anchor A.J. Clemente to get job back
Fired KFYR-TV news anchor and viral video sensation A.J. Clemente has one more supporter in his corner: David Letterman.
On Wednesday (April 24), after a full press day that took him to both the "Today" show and "Live with Kelly and Michael," Clemente sat for an interview on the "Late Show with David Letterman."
Letterman seemed especially bothered by the Bismarck, N.D. station's actions after Clemente's profane flub on his first day on the job, to the point where it seemed the comedian was campaigning for the newsman's rehiring.
"Now, what about these goons in Bismarck? Are they going to give you the job back?" Letterman asks. Clemente, laughing, says, "They aren't goons, but..."
Letterman adds, "There should be an offer, and they should apologize to you. And you should go back because you're man enough to face the music. You've been on this show, you've been on a lot of shows, you've been on the Twitter and on the Facefeed and all of that stuff. If you want to, you should be offered that job back. Now, would you take it if they said to you, ''A.J., come on back, we accept our responsibility in this. Everybody makes mistakes. Let's go forward.'"
Clemente says he's thought about it, but would love it if ESPN came knocking, to which Letterman deadpanned, "Look, I'm trying to get you the job back in Bismarck, forget about ESPN. That ain't gonna happen. You're going back to Bismarck."
Not only does Clemente have Letterman in his corner, he also received a one-night gig courtesy of Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, getting to work as a red carpet correspondent for "Live with Kelly and Michael" at the premiere of Pierce Brosnan's "Love Is All You Need."
Take a look at a preview of Clemente and Letterman's exchange above.