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CNBC Smackdown: Billionaires Carl Icahn And Bill Ackman Have Explosive On-Air Fight [Video]

CNBC is blowing up Twitter right now, after an “epic” call-in fight between billionaires Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman on the network this afternoon.

Finance junkies and viewers in happenstance alike are tweeting up a storm about the CNBC face-off, in which the feuding personalities are apparently going head to head live on television.

Video of the CNBC smackdown between Icahn and Ackman has not yet hit the web, but choice soundbites have been circulating amid the microbloggers on Twitter, and Business Insider has been liveblogging the spectacular bickerfest. (Video now available at CNBC.)

Described by some viewers as “like a Facebook fight,” the CNBC segment has been captivating viewers for some time now, and the tags #Icahn and #Ackman are following CNBC up the trending list.

Swearing erupted, as well as some potentially offensive characterizations attributed to the content of the CNBC fight.

Some quotes include, from Icahn:

“I want to say what I want to say and I’m not going to talk about my Herbalife position because you’re bullying me … I want to talk about what I want to talk about. You can say whatever the hell you want … ”

“As far as I’m concerned, he wanted to have dinner with me. I couldn’t figure out if he was the most acrimonious guy I met in my life or just arrogant.”

” … let me finish what the hell I want to say … You let Ackman talk.”

In Ackman’s replies, he shot back:

“The big issue about Carl Icahn, is he’s not used to someone stepping up to him … Especially like me in 2003.”

“What I thank Carl for is he helped highlight issues with Herbalife.”

BI’s takedown of the CNBC smackdown is excellent, and here are some of the Twitter reactions to the live flamewar: