Andy Lassner has worked with Ellen DeGeneres since 2003 and now works as an Executive Producer on her show. Lassner is also prolific on Twitter and he often weighs in on the major political issues of the day.
Earlier this week, the producer took aim at Florida congressman Matt Gaetz who had bragged about his seats at a World Series game. Gaetz furiously fired back and the two engaged in a feud that featured the congressman attempting to report Lassner to NBC.
The situation began when Gaetz tweeted a photo of himself at a World Series game along with Donald and Melania Trump and captioned the photo, “seats aren’t bad.” This game was notable as the President was unceremoniously booed by the Washington DC crowd.
Lassner responded to the Florida congressman’s tweet by replying, “OMG this f*cking tool.”
This response enraged Gaetz who attempted to report Lassner to NBC, the channel that broadcasts the Ellen Show. He wrote, “I’d ask NBC if they stand behind such a dumb/triggered/profane comment from a senior employee…But I’ve learned after reading Catch and Kill that accountability isn’t really NBC’s ‘thing.'”
An amused Lassner told Gaetz he didn’t work for the channel and mock the congressman for his recent crashing of a committee hearing. “I don’t work for NBC, but I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you took time out of crashing hearings to respond to me,” the producer wrote.
Lassner then followed that tweet, writing, “The sheer number of folks on the right privately and publically thanking me for calling out Gaetz is rather enjoyable.”
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