Pat Sajak: I'm Sorry for Introducing Olbermann to America

He puts up clip from his long-gone talk show
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2010 4:34 PM CST

(Newser) – Pat Sajak says he "introduced Keith Olbermann to America" via his 1989 talk show, and now he'd like to apologize. "I’m not sure how he morphed into the bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller he’s become, but I’m sorry he did," Sajak writes on his Ricochet blog. "I do know that to whatever extent the political well has been poisoned, Keith has dumped more than his share of venom into the water. I’d like to think he knows that and maybe even regrets it. I liked the Keith Olbermann of 1989. This tape reminded me that I miss him." See it in the gallery.

Olbermann responded via Twitter today, notes Mediaite. He disputed Sajak's claim of giving him his first national exposure, noting that he'd worked for CNN in the early '80s and had been subsequently featured on both Today and the CBS Evening News. "But when they fired Pat for mailing in that talk show, they did interview me to succeed him, so THAT he introduced me to."

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