I’ll talk about Herbalife when I god damn want to

Back in December, CNBC anchor Scott Wapner officiated an interview with hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman, on the topic of Herbalife. In addition to describing Ackman, Icahn’s sworn enemy, as a “crying Jewish boy” not unlike the ones Icahn used to “beat up” in the schoolyards of Queens, going on record to say that he wouldn’t invest with Ackman if the Pershing Square manager was “the last man on earth,” and noting that he “rued the day” he met Ackman (referred throughout the interview by Icahn as “this Ackman guy”), Carl also had some choice exchanges with Wapner. They included:

  • Icahn: “If you want to take…hello?” Wapner: “Yeah, we’re listening.” Ichan: “Well, if you’re listening, let me talk!”
  • Ichan: “I want to say what I want to say. And I’m not going to talk about my Herbalife position because you want to bully me.” Wapner: “I’m not bullying you. I’m asking the question everybody wants to know, Carl that’s all. But you can make your statement.” Icahn: “I’m going to talk about what I god damn want to talk about.” Wapner: “Okay.” Icahn: “If you want to take that position I will never go on CNBC. You can say what the hell you want.” Wapner: “Okay.” Icahn: “But I’m going to tell you, I’m going to talk about what Ackman just said about me, not about Herbalife. And I’ll talk about Herbalife when I god damn want to, not when you ask me.”
  • Wapner: “Guys, we are going to end it there. Bill, so much appreciate you coming on today. Carl, I hope you’ll come back. That’s all I can say. It was a good conversation and it wasn’t anybody’s –” Icahn: “I don’t hear you tell me that you appreciated me coming on.”

Which is why viewers might have been surprised to hear Carl’s voice once again grace the CNBC airwaves today, in a call-in with Wapner during the Fast Money “Half-Time” report, but were probably not surprised to hear him spend a good portion of the interview telling Wapner to get off his lawn. Read more »

When Mark Hughs founded a multi-level marketing company called Herbalife in 1980, he probably thought it had the power to do a lot of things. Help people lose weight. Makes others rich. Shake up the diet industry. What he mostly likely did not expect, however, was that his li’l company that could would reignite a feud between two billionaires that would devolve into a flurry of press releases quibbling over who was dying to be friends with whom, shouting matches on live TV, and, we predict, someone telling someone else he has a right mind to “Rip the eyes out of your head and piss into your dead skull! You messed with the wrong hedge fund manager!” Read more »