MSNBC's O'Donnell takes contract negotiation frustration public

MSNBC's O'Donnell takes contract negotiation frustration public
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MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell took to Twitter Wednesday morning to share his frustration over contract negotiations, indicating he will let his fans know "where they can watch" him on June 5 if he is not re-signed by the network.

"Contract expires June 4," wrote O'Donnell. "I'll let you know where you can watch me June 5 if it's not MSNBC. I'm sorry this situation has become public."

Speculation has been rampant around O'Donnell's future with MSNBC.

The 65-year-old host and former frequent panelist on the late "McLaughlin Group" has been on a ratings roll as of late and is second on the network only to Rachel Maddow.

O'Donnell, a former producer for NBC's political drama "The West Wing," tweeted his Nielsen success last week in an apparent jab at management.

Unidentified sources told the Huffington Post on Sunday that NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack “is no fan of O’Donnell’s program."

They added that Lack believes O’Donnell, who has been with MSNBC since 2009, is only enjoying his recent ratings surge because of the strong lead-in provided by "The Rachel Maddow Show."

Lack reportedly wants former NBC News anchor Brian Williams to take O'Donnell's spot at 10:00 p.m. Williams currently hosts "The 11th Hour" at 11:00 p.m.

The Hill has reached out to MSNBC for comment.