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06/03/2011 08:11 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Lawrence O'Donnell Reminds O'Reilly About His Own Sex Scandal (VIDEO)

Lawrence O'Donnell called Bill O'Reilly out on his Thursday show, telling his Fox News timeslot rival that, since he had been involved in a very embarrassing sex scandal of his own, he should refrain from criticizing Anthony Weiner for his handling of his Twitter photo debacle.

O'Reilly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with one of his former producers in 2004. The lawsuit became notorious for its lurid details.

O'Donnell joked that it was the seeming destiny of every white man in the country to eventually have his own TV show and his own sex scandal. He said he was thankful that, for now, he himself could only claim the former, but that, since O'Reilly has had both, it was "really, really uncool" for him to criticize Weiner's somewhat flat-footed response to the growing controversy surrounding the picture that he has not categorically denied is of him. O'Reilly has done so repeatedly, though he has focused on Weiner's handling of the scandal, and not on the picture itself.

"You really don't want to tread into this territory," O'Donnell said. He then held up a copy of the lawsuit filed against O'Reilly, but said he was going to "take the high road" and not read out some of the more infamous sections of the suit. But he warned O'Reilly that, if he continued to discuss the Weiner issue, he would treat his audience to some of the seamier passages.

"Don't make me go there," O'Donnell concluded.

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