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Ed Schultz Wonders if Anderson Cooper Is Behind Putting Him on GQ's 'Least Influential People' List Because 'I'm Kicking His A**

"By the way, I'm very influential."

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Last week The Blaze reported that both President Barack Obama and MSNBC host Ed Schultz made GQ magazine's upcoming "25 Least Influential People Alive" list. But while some who made the cut might think the list frivolous and take the satirical insult with a grain of salt, others, like Schultz, are taking their ranking very seriously -- and are looking for someone to blame. In Schultz's case, that person is CNN's Anderson Cooper.

In an on-air rant captured by Radio Equalizer and transcribed by Newsbusters, an enraged Schultz wondered if Cooper -- who Schultz called a "little nice guy" who runs with the "GQ crowd" --  was behind the list, and suggested that Anderson is jealous because Schultz is "kicking his ass" in the ratings.

"Now, since, I know that Anderson Cooper floats around in that GQ crowd. I don't know if he's behind it or whether their publicist at CNN or, but let me just say, I'm kicking his ass..."

Let's just go to last week ... Let's go to last Monday night. Last Monday night in the demo, 25-54, my number was 184 (thousand). Anderson Cooper's numbers was ... 136! Now in total numbers, total viewership, my number was 940. Anderson Cooper's was 429! In the business, that's called getting your ass kicked! Not that I would do that. I guess Cooper's just a nice little guy.

The "Ed Show" host ferociously added, "When some snotty-ass Upper West Side writer throws in GQ magazine that nobody watches 'The Ed Show,' dammit, I'm going to respond to it. Because it's a lie and it's false."

Interestingly, Schultz admitted that he could never beat rival Bill O'Reilly's ratings -- not in 25 shows, nor in 2,500 shows.

"Look, I can't beat O'Reilly in 25 shows, OK? I might not beat him in 2,500 shows. But if I'm not influential, which is fine, I can take the little cheap shot and everything else, but don't go around printing lies, OK? GQ is printing lies about 'The Ed Show.'"

Schultz, who referred to himself as "your favorite fat talk show host" said that "if you do a cable show, you have a radio show, whatever, if you're fat and you've got red hair, look, they're going to pick on you."

Making sure to get in one last dig, Schultz also delivered the following zinger to his viewers and GQ:

By the way, I'm very influential. You can go ask the governor of Ohio and it won't be long before you can ask the governor of Wisconsin. So kiss my ass, GQ.

Listen to a portion of Schultz's rant below courtesy of RE:

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