Here we go again: Keith Olbermann’s stormed off or been kicked off pretty much every channel on the air, enraged whole voting blocs, insulted Al Gore, and become his own Worst Person in the World. But now, to the surprise of every detractor, every former employer, and, hell, Olbermann himself, he’s back on ESPN, the channel he made and that made him. The least angry (really), most contented (seriously), most committed team player (c’mon) in broadcasting tells Michael Hainey why this time—this time—it’s all going to work out great.
Olbermann Angling for Return to ESPN
The television personality Keith Olbermann was in Los Angeles on Friday being deposed for a reported $70 million lawsuit he filed against his most recent employer, Current TV, with the trial expected to begin in May. Whether the court rules in favor of Olbermann or the network, the verdict will put an official end to a one-year stint at Current that was supposed to last at least five.
But as one door closes, another has been quietly approached. At various times over the last year, Olbermann and his representatives have expressed interest in his return to the employer that made him famous: ESPN.
“How long ago did you leave MSNBC to go to the Current TV show?” Letterman asked. “It’s over a year, right?”
“I don’t know,” Olbermann said. “I have to consult my notes because after a certain point, I can’t keep track of where I’m working. I don’t have any idea.”
Letterman then proceeded to give Olbermann an “adjustable business card.”
“I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.
Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.
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. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain.
In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.”
Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi appeared on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. “The movement is growing organically,” Taibbi says, “because people know there’s something to protest now.” He adds that Occupy Wall Street could spur reformers and legislators to act because “the public won’t take it anymore.”
(via Rolling Stone)
"Where is the outrage over these great hypocrisies? Do you expect it to come from a corrupt and corrupted media? For whom access is of greater importance than criticizing the failure of a politcal party or defending those who don’t buy newspapers or can’t leap website paywalls or could not afford cable TV." - Keith Olbermann rails against the debt deal and the media’s lack of "outrage" over it.