Published On: Tue, Oct 17th, 2017

NBC Reportedly Fires ‘Today’ Show Staffer Who Leaked Lawrence O’Donnell ‘Stop The Hammering’ Tape

NBC fires leaker of Lawrence O'Donnell meltdown

NBC reportedly tracked down and fired a Today show editor who was allegedly responsible for leaking the eight-minute, Lawrence O’Donnell “stop the hammering,” profanity filled rant. A tape of the epic behind-the-scenes meltdown by the MSNBC anchor was leaked to social media late last month.

O’Donnell is the host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, which airs on the NBC sister network at 10 p.m. Eastern time. A former aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New York Democrat, O’Donnell was also a producer and writer for the TV drama The West Wing, in addition to being a political pundit.

In the NSFW clip that apparently dated back to August 29, O’Donnell is shown, among other things, complaining about voices or lack thereof in his earpiece (“insanity in my earpiece”) as well as “hammering” going on the studio evidently from construction work. The meltdown also prompted several parody videos.

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NBC Reportedly Fires ‘Today’ Show Staffer Who Leaked Lawrence O’Donnell ‘Stop The Hammering’ Tape