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Report: NBC Fires Leaker of Video of Anchor Berating Staff

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MSNBC liberal commentator Lawrence O'Donnell (Rex Features/AP)

By    |   Monday, 16 October 2017 04:02 PM

The NBC staffer who leaked the tape of MSNBC liberal commentator Lawrence O'Donnell berating his staff last month has been fired by the network, Page Six reported Monday.

The person was a male "Today" show editor.

O'Donnell, a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, during the filming of an Aug. 29 episode of his show, "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," went on a profanity-laced tirade at his staff, complaining about a malfunctioning earpiece and control room noises.

In the eight-minute video, posted to Mediate, O'Donnell slams his fist on his desk and complains about an earpiece malfunction and control room noises.

"Stop the hammering!"

"I'll go down to the goddamned floor myself and stop it. 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 said at the time.

A source told Page Six the video, "was leaked on Sept. 20. The leaker was identified, confronted and fired on Sept. 26. It turned out to be a 'Today' show editor who said he did it because he thought it was funny. But it wasn't exactly the perfect crime — he left a very clear trail."

O'Donnell tweeted an apology after the video was leaked: "A better anchorman and a better person would've had a better reaction to technical difficulties."

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The NBC staffer who leaked the tape of MSNBC liberal commentator Lawrence O'Donnell berating his staff last month has been fired by the network, Page Six reported Monday.
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