MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell has little patience for distractions on the set of his late-night show, “The Last Word.” The anti-Trump commentator showed his true colors in a leaked video tape.
(See the full meltdown below).
Footage of his Aug. 29 program, which was leaked to Mediaite, depicts O’Donnell as a raving lunatic, losing his mind at production staff when hearing unwanted voices in his earpiece.
“What’s going on? Why am I losing this? Why don’t I have sound?” O’Donnell asked. “Who’s asking for a Labor Day rundown in my ear?”
“G_d damit!” O’Donnell continued, slamming his fist on the desk.
The host’s outbursts in-between short segments only ramped up in intensity.
“There’s insanity in the control room tonight.”
“You have insanity in my earpiece,” he said. “F_king….”
But his initial anger was mild compared to when he began hearing hammering a few rooms over.
“Stop the hammering! Stop the hammering out there!” he yelled. “Who’s got a hammer?! Where is it?! Where’s the hammer?!”
Of course, it wasn’t anyone on his production team’s fault; the hammering wasn’t coming from them, but O’Donnell wasn’t in the mood to hear it.
“Go up on the other floor! Somebody, go up there and stop the hammering! Stop the hammering! I’ll go down to the g_dda_ed floor myself and stop it. Keep the g_dda_ed commercial break going!” O’Donnell ranted.
“Call f_king Phil Griffin! I don’t care who you have to call! Stop the hammering!” O’Donnell yelled, invoking MSNBC president Phil Griffin. “Empty out the G_d damned control room and find out where this is going on!”
Then, O’Donnell finishes the segment in a malaise of swearing, showing zero ability to keep calm over communication mix-ups that plague sets every day.
“Jesus Christ,” O’Donnell said. “Crazy f_king sound coming in my ear, this f_king stupid hammering.”
“It just f_king sucks. It f_king sucks to be out here with this out of control sh*t,” he said.
Lawrence Francis O’Donnell Jr. (born November 7, 1951) is an American television pundit and host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, a Monday through Friday evening MSNBC opinion and news program.
O’Donnell frequently filled in as host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC before getting his own show on the cable network. Beginning 24 October 2011, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell switched time slots with The Ed Show, with Ed Schultz taking over the 8 p.m. Eastern slot, and O’Donnell returning to the 10 p.m. Eastern slot.
O’Donnell has also appeared as a political analyst on The McLaughlin Group, The Al Franken Show, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He was a producer and writer for the NBC series The West Wing (and played the role of the President’s father in flashbacks) and creator and executive producer of the NBC series Mister Sterling. He is also an occasional actor and film producer, appearing as a recurring supporting character on the HBO series Big Loveportraying an attorney.
O’Donnell began his political career as an aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and was Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee. He has described himself a “practical European socialist.”
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