If you haven’t seen the epic Lawrence O’Donnell meltdown video yet, watch it below to get caught up on the story.
In the video O’Donnell is irritated by hearing voices in his earpiece and someone hammering off set.
O’Donnell rants and curses though the entire 8 minute clip, throwing his hands up several time.
He later apologized for his behavior, but does anyone believe this isn’t the way he acts behind the scene most of the time?
Watch the video:
The story doesn’t end here.
It seems that the tape may have been leaked by MSNBC senior staffers in retaliation against him.
Page Six reports:
TV insiders believe that senior NBC staffers leaked the instantly infamous tape of Lawrence O’Donnell’s meltdown, in retaliation for his antics during contract negotiations this spring.
Sources connected with the leak tell Page Six the video was slipped to the site as a broadcast-quality digital clip — and that only a handful of people are believed to be capable of accessing and transmitting such a file. Multiple sources tell us that O’Donnell angered NBC honcho Andy Lack — who also oversees MSNBC — in May by tweeting to fans about his contract negotiations.
One TV insider called the deal-making “tense and unusually public,” while another said O’Donnell slyly generated a “groundswell of ‘save Lawrence sentiment’ ” among viewers that “backed Lack into a corner.”
A source tells us that the small number of people with access to the clip suggests it was either leaked or authorized by “someone at a senior level.” In the clip — reminiscent of Bill O’Reilly’s legendary “We’ll do it live!” blowup — a visibly furious O’Donnell slams his fist on his desk and rants about “insanity in the control room” and “stop the hammering!” and what he calls “f - - king out-of-control s - - t.”
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