Lawrence O’Donnell may hold very different political beliefs than Bill O’Reilly.
But the two cable network hosts now have at least one thing in common.
Years after footage leaked online of O’Reilly flipping out over a few production issues (“F-ck it, we’ll do it live!” he famously screamed from behind his desk), O’Donnell has now apologized for an eight-minute long video that features him losing it on producers and colleagues.
“What’s going on, why am I losing this, why don’t I have sound,” the MSNBC host says early on. “Who’s asking for a Labor Day rundown in my ear?”
“God dammit,” he mutters shortly thereafter, shaking his head, prior to bursting into a brief spasm of fury and slamming his fists on the desk in front of him.
The profanity-laced rant was originally published on Mediaite and it depicts “The Last Word” anchor gesticulating wildly at times while also cursing at a person talking in his earpiece.
He later berates his staff for not getting the edits he wants in the script.
“There’s insanity in the control room tonight,” O’Donnell says at one point, later adding through clenched teeth:
“You have insanity in my earpiece …. It’s not my earpiece, it’s somebody talking on our lines.”
The portion that is getting quoted most often by Internet users, meanwhile, centers around a sound O’Donnell clearly does not want to hear in the background.
“Somebody go up there and stop the hammering! I’ll go down to the … floor myself and stop it. Keep the … commercial break going,” he shouts.
“I don’t care who you have to call. Stop the hammering!”
He veteran broadcaster eventually stands up and launches into a tirade past the camera.
“CALL FUCKING PHIL GRIFFIN, I DON’T CARE WHO THE F-CK YOU HAVE TO CALL. STOP THE HAMMERING. EMPTY OUT THE GODDAMNED CONTROL ROOM AND FIND OUT WHERE THIS IS GOING ON.”
After the lengthy piece of footage made its way around the Internet, O’Donnell jumped on Twitter to apologize.
“A better anchorman and a better person would’ve had a better reaction to technical difficulties. I’m sorry,” he wrote on Wednesday night.
Source: The Hollywood Gossip