Current said on Friday afternoon that it had fired Mr. Olbermann ““ one of the nation’s most prominent progressive speakers ““ just a year into his five-year, $50 million contract. It was the culmination of months of murky disputes between Mr. Olbermann and the channel that he was supposed to save from the throes of ratings oblivion. – Brian Stetler, New York Times
“Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer” takes Olbermann’s “Countdown” spot.
After the firing, Olbermann did what Sarah Palin had to do after she lost her position of power, except his platform wasn’t Facebook, it was Twitter.
It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. – Keith Olbermann
What in the world is wrong with this guy?
How can anyone choose to screw up a five-year, $50 million contract?
We switched our service to get Keith Olbermann on CurrentTV, so here’s hoping Eliot Spitzer can deliver. He’s been publicly humiliated, with the Democrats drumming him out of politics, so maybe he actually knows the worth of the opportunity he’s being handed and will treat it as such.
Did Olbermann actually believe there wouldn’t be fits and starts on CurrentTV, a network that had been waiting for a marquee performer on which to hang their reputation, after biding time for so long?
When the “disputes” began, anyone who has followed Keith Olbermann had to be thinking, here we go again. I know I was.
After watching Olbermann in front of a jet black backdrop, which mimicked Charlie Rose, but with Keith it only looked like amateur hour, there was no doubt something had gone terribly wrong.
Keith Olbermann broke his contract and fled MSNBC during the Lewinsky scandal.
Olbermann ended up back at MSNBC with a show whose format didn’t leave him open to hour-long programs about the political scandal of the moment. But he bailed yet again eventually anyway.
Then Olbermann was given another anchor spot and editorial power over the news at CurrentTV. But as the 2012 Republican primary season revved up, he was a no-show.
I’m just surprised it took CurrentTV so long to fire him. If MSNBC had any standards Keith Olbermann would have been sacked during the 2008 primary season, all of which I recount in my book.
Now, yet another news anchor job had become too much of a struggle for him.
It is a testament to Keith Olbermann’s talent as an entertainer that he’s been given so many opportunities in a business that is as competitive and unforgiving as it gets.
Kept aloft by his fans, it’s fitting he apologized to them.
One can only guess if he actually has a case against CurrentTV. Citing that it’s his next step, however, is a sign of desperation and perhaps also that he realizes he’s in professional trouble this time.
At least he still has Twitter.
Oh, and Dave Letterman, where he’ll be next Tuesday.