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10/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pat O'Brien: "The Insider" Viewers "Want To Vomit" Watching Lara Spencer Pick Out Accessories

Pat O'Brien, 60, who's spent most of his career covering sports and hosting tabloid TV shows, is suddenly worried about poor people and the unemployed.

"The Insider" correspondent O'Brien - who likes to sign off his e-mails, "There is more to life than increasing its speed" - sent a message to the staffs of "Insider" and "Entertainment Tonight" over the weekend that 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."

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