Reporting live means you don't get to go back and edit out an embarrassing mistake. A local news anchor in Minnesota learned that lesson the devastatingly hard way.
During his lead-in to a spot on the 2013 Twin Cities Gay Pride Festival, KSTP-TV anchor Bill Lunn got tongue-tied while trying to recite the first line of the pledge of allegiance. "I pledge allegiance to the f**," he said accidentally, mixing up the word "flag" with the offensive gay slur.
Lunn then introduced the gay pride parade story.
Watch below (Warning: Offensive accidental language):
"Haha... unfortunate slip of the tongue. Getting razzed at work a bit," Lunn later wrote on Twitter. "4 years and they couldn't get me on the KSTP blooper reel. I guess they've got me now."
Hopefully the awkward mistake won't cost him his job. You might remember former KFYR-TV anchor A.J. Clemente, who lost his job after uttering the words "f**king s**t" live on the air. It was his first night as weekend co-anchor at the North Dakota NBC affiliate.