MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell had an absolute world class hissy fit on camera when there were some audio difficulties during a recent taping of his show Last Word. Move over Casey Kasem, Bill O’Reilly, Christian Bale and David O Russell, there’s a new man in town who cannot even deal with this level of insane, unprofessional shenanigans.
Mediaite has leaked video, which sadly never made it to air, of Lawrence’s hilarious histrionics, described here:
The video, which lasts a full eight minutes, is a collection of clips from one evening (given O’Donnell’s consistent outfit) and show the MSNBC anchor fuming about earpiece malfunctions, blasting off obscenities and screaming at his staff. We were able to link it back to the August 29 show.
In case you didn’t know, Lawrence hates idle chit chat about Labor Day. He cannot abide by hammering and he absolutely doesn’t want to hear some fucking woman talking about what she’s doing after the show. If you thought your life was difficult, you have never had to deal with the slings and arrows of professional ineptitude like poor Lawrence has. Your house got blown away by a hurricane, boo-hoo, sucks for you but have you ever had to listen to off-topic chatter in your earpiece? Well, have you punk? Don’t talk to Lawrence until you have.
“It just fucking sucks,” O’Donnell laments, staring down at his desk. “It fucking sucks to be out here with this out of control shit.”
Here’s the leaked off-air video. Yes, it’s long, but oh so worth it. Especially at around the 1:40 mark where Lawrence has the face of a man trying to keep it together while a hungry hamster tries to chew it’s way out of his anal canal. There’s more fun at 4:15 when the hammering gets to be too much and Lawrence offers to take matters into his own hands.
Lawrence has since issued an apology for his outburst on Twitter:
A better anchorman and a better person would've had a better reaction to technical difficulties. I'm sorry.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) September 20, 2017
As far as apologies go it’s respectable but we all know it’s futile. Once the horse of hysterics has left the barn, there’s no putting it back. Lawrence’s toddler tirade will forever be written in the annuls of history to be trotted out whenever rude, entitled control freaks need to be taken down a peg.