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Stephen Colbert has a meltdown 'in solidarity' with Lawrence O'Donnell

Stop the hammering and watch this spoof

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Stephen Colbert understands that even the best television show hosts can have off days. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell had one on Aug. 29, outtakes from which leaked online this week.

“While the footage is not flattering, as a broadcaster, I sincerely feel for Lawrence O’Donnell on this clip,” Colbert said. “Hosting a television show is extremely stressful.” So, “in solidarity” with O’Donnell — and to “get ahead” of his own scandalous story — the late-night funnyman released his own meltdown video, spoofing the anchor’s unhinged reaction.

“What’s happening in my earpiece? What’s — someone’s hitting buttons in my earpiece. Why is a woman talking about Christmas in my earpiece right now?” Colbert said in the tape. “She’s literally describing Christmas traditions. Why is this happening? Sh–! … Great sh–! This woman is back in my ear.”

O’Donnell was seen fuming over the lack of sound in his earpiece and then someone “asking for a Labor Day rundown.” In a series of clips, he became increasingly agitated, shouting expletives and physically jerking his body in frustration. Colbert reenacted all of that and also spoofed O’Donnell commanding someone to “stop the hammering!”

“Who’s drilling?” Colbert asked. “Where’s the drilling coming from? Stop the drilling!”

“A better anchorman and a better person would’ve had a better reaction to technical difficulties. I’m sorry,” O’Donnell tweeted in the aftermath of the video’s release.

Watch Colbert’s meltdown in the clip above.