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Rex Murphy Rips Into Mike Duffy, Mocks His Weight (VIDEO)

Murphy was not a fan of Duffy's choice Wednesday night to dodge reporters questions by ducking into an Ottawa kitchen, but the choice of refuge did give the pugnacious pundit an opportunity to make several oblique jokes about the P.E.I. senator's hefty frame.

Murphy also addressed the ongoing scandal concerning Duffy's primary residence, now the subject of an external audit, and somehow managing to link it to the uproar over the new blond version of Anne of Green Gables.

Other highlights from the vintage rant included Murphy's use of the terms "Duffster" and "salad days," and a questionably relevant quotation from John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale." Who else but Murphy could connect the high and low-brow in such verbose fashion? (You can read the full transcript here.)

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The Murphy monologue isn't the only video concerning Duffy going viral on Friday.

A YouTube clip titled "The Eastern Bald Senator - Hinterland Who's Who" had been viewed more than 12,000 times as of Friday afternoon after an audio version was aired on CBC Radio's "As It Happens." They also posted the video on their Facebook page, where it has been racking up the shares.

The piece, reminiscent of another recent viral vid on Conservative MP Rob Anders, was created by Perry Williams.

On Friday, Duffy issued a statement saying he was "born and bred" in P.E.I. and that Canadians know he "would never do anything to betray the public trust." Duffy reiterated that he has a home in the province, as required by law, and stated that he will have no further comment on the issue until the audit is complete.

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