A US news anchor has had his off-air temper tantrum leaked online in a humiliating moment.
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell went into a full-blown, profanity-laced meltdown over a mysterious hammering noise in the background of his broadcast.
Lawrence O'Donnell didn't hold back when he lost his temper t work. Source: MSNBC
Initially, Lawrence was upset that he couldn't hear audio in his earpiece.
"Someone in that control room is out of control," he said. "F***. Goddamnit."
And that was just the start.
"Every time we go to a [clip], there’s a woman talking in my ear about something that has nothing to do with what we’re doing here," he complains at one point.
But O'Donnell finally loses control over a hammering sound that can be heard in the background of the video.
His rage was palpable. Source: MSNBC
"STOP THE HAMMERING!" he screams. "STOP THE HAMMERING OUT THERE! WHO’S GOT A HAMMER? WHERE IS IT? WHERE’S THE HAMMER?"
"I’LL GO DOWN TO THE GODDAMNED FLOOR MYSELF AND STOP IT," O'Donnell vows. "KEEP THE GODDAMNED COMMERCIAL BREAK GOING!
"CALL F***ING [MSNBC President] PHIL GRIFFIN! I DON’T CARE WHO THE F*** YOU HAVE TO CALL!" he adds. "STOP THE HAMMERING. EMPTY OUT THE GODDAMNED CONTROL ROOM AND FIND OUT WHERE THIS IS GOING ON!"
Eventually, after a stressed-seeming producer assists him, Lawrence seems to calm down a little.
This long-suffering producer seems unfazed by Lawrence's fury. Source: MSNBC
"I told you why I wanted those f***ing words cut," he says to an unknown producer before adding.
"It just f***ing sucks. It f***ing sucks to be out here with this out of control shit."
Within minutes of the footage emerging online, Lawrence had tweeted an apology.
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