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‘I’m a Professional’: Anchor Caught on Hot Mic Apologizes for His Vulgar Anti-Poor Rant

Last week, a Bronx anchorman got caught on a hot mic saying some pretty horrible things about people on public assistance. Now, Matt Pieper is apologizing and saying those words, while they came out of his mouth, were not his own.

The incident happened when Pieper was relaying to a reporter in the field that she had two minutes until the beginning of a segment on the need for more crossing guards.

Instead of simply giving her the countdown, he said this:

And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f*cking jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives…I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?

Now the veteran newsman, who has since been fired from his morning spot, has taken to Facebook to apologize and stress to everyone that he really is a professional and not the hot-headed meany heard on the air.

“As a professional who has spent his entire career delivering the news, I understand the importance of sharing the facts,” he said, adding that he thought that they were on a commercial break, not on the air.

He also insisted that he was simply relaying the vulgar message for some other guy, despite the fact he literally told the reporter he added the part about public assistance.

“Someone in the control room spoke into my earpiece and asked me to relay a message to our reporter out in the field. These were not my own thoughts or profanities,” he continued.

Pieper, however, admitted he could have used better judgement before decided to repeat the nasty words.

“I made a poor decision in my choice of words and for that I apologize. I could have communicated what I was asked to get across in a different manner and under the pressure of doing my job in real time I made a mistake, ” he concluded. “I have been a stalwart advocate for equality and diversity in the workplace, within my own family and in my community. I apologize to anyone I offended and assure you that this situation—which has cost me my job—was truly just a mistake in relaying a message, and not a representation of my views or character.”

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