MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Might Hate David Koch's Politics, But Loves His Hospital (Video)

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O'Donnell's slight decline year-over-year in the 8 p.m. slot compared with Keith Olbermann probably isn't worrying MSNBC executives too much, especially considering he still draws 1 million viewers on average. 

UPDATED: In his return to TV after a multi-week absence due to a serious car accident, "The Last Word" host offered “the first positive words said about David Koch on this program."

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell returned to television on Monday night after several weeks off the air due to injuries he sustained in a car accident while on vacation, and he made some surprising remarks.

“I feel some gratitude to David Koch,” The Last Word host said.

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In what he characterized as “the first positive words said about David Koch on this program,” O’Donnell explained that he appreciated the billionaire political donor’s contributions to institutions like New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery, where he was treated for his injuries.

“I agree with Harry Reid’s critique of the Koch brothers’ contributions to American politics, but that is not the only thing they contribute to,” O’Donnell added. “You can be outraged by what the Koch brothers do with their money in politics and you can appreciate what they contribute to hospitals and medical research, and you can do that at the same time and still retain an ability to function.”

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David Koch is on the board of trustees of the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the main hospital is named the David H. Koch Pavilion in recognition of his support for the institution, including donating $25 million to the hospital—its largest single gift.

In the car accident, which occurred while O’Donnell was in the British Virgin Islands, the host suffered a broken hip and various other serious injuries. He explained more about how the accident unfolded on Monday night’s show.

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Watch the video of O’Donnell’s remarks from Monday night’s edition of The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell below.