James O’Brien said his work was “harder than manual labor”, but later said it was just a “p***-take”.
On Friday, O’Brien was met with backlash after claiming that hosting his LBC radio show was “more exhausting” than manual labour.
“I’m going to tell you something now, and you might not like it. I think this job is harder than manual labor,” O’Brien said Friday.
The 50-year-old radio host compared his job to “flying an airplane without an autopilot” or “being an air traffic controller”.
“I don’t do this just for fun or for provocations, I honestly think this job is more exhausting.” He added.
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Part of O’Brien’s job as host of LBC is to spread information, create debate and answer calls from listeners. His show airs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on LBC.
He explained that because his job requires so much energy and continuous thoughtful responses, it would be difficult to do it for eight hours a day.
Knowing that his rant was going to spark an online debate, O’Brien forged ahead by predicting that people would react angrily to his request without having fully watched his show.
The show decided to take the clip and post it online, apparently in hopes of getting a boost from other people.
“What you’ll get in the responses to that are people who haven’t listened to the program, in fact you’ll probably get people who haven’t even bothered to watch the clip, they’ll just respond to the title,” O’Brien said.
“If you want to laugh at the rage of the ignorant, go check it out.”
Unsurprisingly, people responded angrily to O’Brien’s claim.
Later, O’Brien tweeted mocking people who angrily responded to his take claiming it was a “shitty take” people used to get attention.
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