Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann; He's Suing

Eliot Spitzer takes over; Olbermann promises 'legal actions'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 30, 2012 4:42 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Keith Olbermann is out at Current TV, and it doesn't sound like a happy parting of ways. In a letter to viewers, network founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt wrote that Current was "founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.” Olbermann fired back on 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."

Eliot Spitzer takes over the 8pm slot starting tonight in what will be his second shot at a network show. Bad blood between Olbermann and his new bosses first became evident in January, notes the New York Times. Olbermann, apparently frustrated over technical problems with his show, refused to host special election coverage. Since then, he had frequently missed shows, and one insider tells the Times that the network considered the host to be in breach of contract. Olbermann left MSNBC after a similarly public feud. "In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out," he wrote. "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."

In this undated photo released by Cuttent TV, Keith Olbermann is shown.
In this undated photo released by Cuttent TV, Keith Olbermann is shown.   (AP Photo/Current TV, Justin Stephens)
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