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updated 3/7/2013 11:50:27 AM ET 2013-03-07T16:50:27

Take a deep breath and count backwards from 10. Lawence O'Donnell weighed in on Bill O'Reilly's 'anger issues' during his Rewrite segment.

MSNBC’s Lawence O’Donnell weighed in on Bill O’Reilly’s, uh, temperament, during his ‘Rewrite’ segment on Wednesday’s show. “Bill knows he has anger issues, and he’s working on them. He’s just not doing a really great job of working on them,” The Last Word host began.

O’Reilly blew up at liberal pundit Alan Colmes, repeatedly accusing his guest of lying about President Barack Obama’s proposed spending cuts. It was epic, even for O’Reilly standards.

“Now, far be it for me to object to calling someone a liar on TV. I’ve done it, and I’ve done it angrily… but only when the person was actually lying. Poor Alan Colmes was simply telling the truth,” said O’Donnell.

Railing against someone on TV isn’t new to O’Reilly’s repertoire. But as O’Donnell pointed out, “What is most surprising about Bill’s rage last night, is not that he was completely wrong.” He added, “It was that it came just two weeks after he seemed to be doing so well with his anger management.”

Video: Bill O'Reilly's rules for anger management

  1. Transcript of: Bill O'Reilly's rules for anger management

    BILL O'REILLY, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: I don't know what that means, to play us out. What does that mean? To end the show?

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah. Yeah.

    O'REILLY: All right, go, go.

    O'DONNELL: In tonight's Rewrite , the O'Reilly rules of anger management . Bill knows he has anger issues. And he's working on them. He really is. He's just not doing a really great job of working on them. He knows that millions of people have seen that video of him getting gloriously enraged back in his years as a gossip-monger on " Inside Edition ."

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In five, four, three --

    O'REILLY: That's tomorrow and that is it.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Again. Five, four, three -- That's tomorrow. And that is it for us today. And we will leave you with a -- I can't do it.

    O'REILLY: Those of you who have seen that video know that this is just the warm-up for the explosion that is about to come. O'Reilly once referred to it as a state of displeasure.

    O'DONNELL: By the way, there is a tape floating around on the Internet of me in a state of displeasure, I understand. Apparently the tape is 20 years old. But I, your humble correspondent, have plenty of much newer stuff.

    O'REILLY: He certainly does have much newer stuff as viewers of this program and his program saw last night.

    O'DONNELL: Hold it, because now I'm getting teed off at you. Give me one damn program he said he has cut.

    O'REILLY: He has cut entitlements.

    ALAN COLMES, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Not entitlements, one program .

    O'REILLY: Why do you want to yell at me?

    COLMES: Because you're lying.

    O'REILLY: I'm not lying.

    COLMES: You are lying.

    O'REILLY: Don't you sit there and call me a liar.

    COLMES: No, you are lying.

    O'REILLY: You don't like the president. You don't like what he's doing. But don't sit there and call me a liar.

    COLMES: I am.

    O'REILLY: We can have a disagreement without you calling me a liar.

    COLMES: You are lying.

    O'REILLY: I am not lying.

    COLMES: There is a difference between having a disagreement and calling me a liar. This is a personal attack.

    COLMES: This is why I'm calling you a liar. Give me one program he said he would cut.

    O'REILLY: He would cut Medicare and Medicaid .

    COLMES: That's not a specific program .

    O'REILLY: You asked me a program . Those are programs.

    COLMES: Now far be it for me to object calling someone a liar on TV . I've done it and I've done it in anger. But only when the person was actually lying. Poor Alan Colmes was simply telling the truth. President Obama has proposed cuts in Medicare . President Obama has proposed cuts in Social Security . And yes, Medicare is a government program . But for some reason, Bill O'Reilly doesn't seem to think it is. Now, what is most surprising about Bill 's rage last night is not that he was completely wrong. He's wrong all the time. It was that it came just two weeks after he seemed to be doing so well with his anger management .

    O'DONNELL: Finally, the tip of the day. This morning I got angry, very angry. And I was justified. Somebody did a bad thing to me. The worst part? I couldn't right the wrong. It drives me crazy. Now, the politically correct thing would be to control the anger, to count to 10, to be calm. Not what I did. I walked into a room. I closed the door. Nobody was there. And I let loose for about 30 seconds, very loud, very colorful language. You should have been there. Dogs began to bark in the neighborhood. But you know what? I felt a lot better and I thought a lot clearer after that.

    O'REILLY: vent your anger, but be alone when you do it. Yes, indeed.

    Factor tip of the day: Yes, indeed. Vent your anger, but be alone when you do it. OK. That's fine for Bill 23 hours a day. But what about that one hour when he's doing his show? How is Bill supposed to vent his anger when he's on his show and some liberal like Alan Colmes is humiliating him by exposing Bill 's abject ignorance?

    O'DONNELL: It's jack what you're saying. There's another word for it but it's an obscenity.

    O'REILLY: Bill O'Reilly still venting after all these years .

    O'DONNELL: I can't do it. We'll do it live. We'll do it live? it! Do it live. Don't write it and we'll do it live! thing sucks!

    O'REILLY: In five, four, three --

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's tomorrow and that is it for us today. I'm Bill O 'Reilly. Thanks again for watching. We'll leave you with Sting and a cut off his new album. Take it away.

    O'REILLY:

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