Money fight: Bill Ackman vs. Carl Icahn throw-down brings the drama to CNBC

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Plenty of people tune in to CNBC for tips on how to invest, but many think there’s some real money to be made by scheduling a series of pay-per-view fights between businessman Carl Icahn and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman. CNBC knew they had solid gold television on their hands, promising to re-run the highlights of the #BillionaireShowdown.

In case you missed the Ackman v. Icahn #BillionaireShowdown earlier, we’ll be running the best of clips at 2:30p ET.

— CNBC (@CNBC) January 25, 2013

OMG. Anyone who just missed Carl Ichan’s takedown of Bill Ackman re:Herbalife CNBC just now missed some good tv!

— Stephanie Smith (@stefsmith30) January 25, 2013

The @forbes newsroom, transfixed by Carl Icahn’s epic CNBC call-in. twitter.com/jeffbercovici/…

— Jeff Bercovici (@jeffbercovici) January 25, 2013

“Billionaire showdown” sounds a little tame. Forbes called the on-air exchange an “epic television cage match” and tried to nail down the highlight.

Was it when Icahn called Ackman a liar or was it when Ackman said Icahn is “not a guy who keeps his word,” and added “this is a guy who takes advantage of little people”? Maybe it was when Icahn said Ackman is “like a crybaby in the schoolyard. I went to a tough school in Queens, you know, and they used to beat up the little Jewish boys. He was like one of the little Jewish boys crying”?

The phrase “little Jewish boys cryin’” was just said on CNBC. This is the greatest Friday morning of my life.

— katiebakes (@katiebakes) January 25, 2013

OH SHIT ICAHN JUST DROPPED THE BULLSHIT WORD

— Matt Rosen (@given2tweet) January 25, 2013

Ackman:”I think this is not great use of CNBC airtime…”WHAT?THIS IS THE BEST USE OF CNBC AIRTIME OF ALL TIME!!!!!

— Matt Rosen (@given2tweet) January 25, 2013

Memo to Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn: The fight between you is so entertaining that I don’t care who wins. Just keep it going for 15 rounds.

— Sam E. Antar (@SamAntar) January 25, 2013

Wow. This Ackman/Icahn fight totally deserved the Twitter hype it received. This is fantastic. Fantastic.

— Rob Holmes (@RobTheStreet) January 25, 2013

I think my fave line from Ackman-Icahn is still “he’s the quintessential example that if you want a friend on Wall ST, get a dog”

— Nicole Urken (@nicoleurken) January 25, 2013

$HLF higher on Icahn’s vow to rip out Ackman’s beating heart and devour it on live television

— Jeff Macke (@JeffMacke) January 25, 2013

Train wreck television on @cnbc and Carl Icahn might be the biggest douchebag and a classic bully

— Blame Big Government (@BlameBigGovt) January 25, 2013

Ackman:”I invited Icahn to dinner, not only did he not offer to pay, but he had audacity to order an appetizer and 18 year old Scotch.”

— Matt Rosen (@given2tweet) January 25, 2013

Now that’s below the belt. Still, not everyone was impressed by the rumble in the cable jungle.

Icahn-Ackman “he said, he said” war of words may the the silliest ever that didn’t involve the name Trump. Enough already.

— bored2tears (@bored2tears) January 25, 2013

I know I should probably care about Icahn vs Ackman over Herbalife. But I don’t. At all.

— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) January 25, 2013

Video of the “epic death match” is available at Business Insider.

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