Greg Gutfeld on MSNBC host's apology: O'Donnell 'wanted' unverified Russia-Trump report 'to be true'

Fox News' Greg Gutfeld said Thursday that MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell is the "victim" of the media's hopeful wish that President Trump is caught committing a crime.

"I would argue that Lawrence is a victim of the media's own narrative, right. He wanted to do it, wanted it to be true even because they all wanted it to be true," Gutfeld said on "The Five."

O’Donnell admitted Wednesday that he aired information that “wasn’t ready for reporting” and broke NBC News regulations in the process.

“Had it gone through that process, I would not have been permitted to report it. I should not have said it on air or posted it on Twitter. I was wrong to do so,” O'Donnell said.

TRUMP DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM NBC NEWS OVER 'FALSE AND DEFAMATORY' REPORT, THREATENS LEGAL ACTION IN SCORCHING LETTER

More from Fox News Media

The retraction and apology came after Trump's legal team sent a letter to NBC demanding an apology and retraction.

Gutfeld argued that O'Donnell and other media members aren't really sorry for highlighting an unverified, untrue report but are worried that it hurts further accusations levied against the president.

"They worry that it put a cloud on all the future accusations that they are priming [against Trump]," Gutfeld said.

The "Greg Gutfeld Show" host pointed out that critics in the media and the left are unwilling to drop the Russia collusion narrative.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

"They're never going to get over the Russia thing and they're mad that this kind of put a cloud over it," Gutfeld said.

Fox News' Brian Flood contributed to this report.