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Remember that clip of MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell going berserk? NBC made the leaker pay, bigtime

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The employee who leaked the video of MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell having a meltdown over technical issues has been tracked down and fired.

A male editor for the “Today” show was the source of the strangely entertaining eight-minute video of O’Donnell yelling at his crew about hearing noises in his earpiece during the breaks in the live broadcast of his show “The Last Word” in August, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.

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The video showed an irate O’Donnell as he slammed his fist on his desk while yelling about “insanity in the control room,” and demanding someone “stop the hammering!”

“The video of Lawrence O’Donnell 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,” a source told Page Six.

The video was reportedly passed to Mediaite as a broadcast-quality digital clip.  Only a small number of people are supposedly capable of accessing and transmitting this type of file, sources connected with the leak told Page Six.

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NBC declined to comment, but it was apparent that the culprit left a clear digital trail allowing network officials to track him down, according to Page Six.

No word yet from O’Donnell on the discovery and termination of the leaker, though the MSNBC host did respond to the incident in a tweet after the video went viral.

“A better anchorman and a better person would’ve had a better reaction to technical difficulties,” he wrote. “I’m sorry.”

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