He said he'd "get killed for this" — and he was apparently right.
Pat O'Brien was fired from "The Insider" following his e-mail to the show's staff announcing that middle class Americans "want to vomit" watching his replacement as the show's host, Lara Spencer, picking out accessories. A rep for the show confirmed to Page Six that O'Brien was fired.
The e-mail read:
"Hi, folks, I just spent a couple of days in Iowa - I'm a little bit of a favorite son there - and I spoke with maybe a thousand people and was very hands-on. Even Joe Biden said, 'You should be running (for president)!' But what I came away with was, these people can't afford gas, books, food or schools or movies!
"I was approached a hundred times by people asking, 'Can you help us?' I tried to tell them we care, but they didn't buy it. They wanted to, but watching Anya and Lara [Spencer] pick out accessories makes the viewers want to vomit. I'll get killed for this, but I'm actually the one not afraid for my job. I want people to be happy."
O'Brien was demoted to "Special Correspondent" in June, allowing Lara Spencer to be the show's only host.