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

(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."

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Itchywolf
Apr 1, 2012 8:03 AM CDT
Yeah, who wants a intellectual who actually breaks down the news in an insightful, intelligent discussion. We need more people calling Obama a racist and screaming at the camera about non-existent $20 muffins, or fake crying about how much they love their country, or saying the thing they get emotional about when they think about 9/11 is their safe deposit box being burnt to a crisp... Good one probly-feet, thanks for being part of the problem in this country. You obviously want to be spoon fed outdated partisan hate speech from ignorant pricks who will say anything to reinforce your outdated, misinformed, preconceived notions, sorry if I used too many big words for you there, old man, I'll let you get back to watching all those blonde bimbos on FOX telling you that Obama is comin for your guns. Now you know how WE feel about just about every single propagandist rich person at FOX who takes money from even richer people to convince middle class people that everything is poor peoples fault. Keep on playing checkers while the smart people play chess, dumbass. Hope you enjoy Fox and friends reading their script, oh I'm sorry, I mean GOP talking points. That being said, Olbermann picked that building he was in, it was ancient and needed a HUGE renovation to be brought up to code, it was not currents fault that Keith picked a crap building, Cenk and the Gov have really nice studios with no technical difficulties whatsoever, and Keith can be very passionate about his beliefs and often takes things too personally. I doubt you've ever even heard of Thurber, but I will miss Fridays with him, I'm glad I have the audio book read by Keith. It's awesome how such old material rings so true in this day and age... Just wondering, have you ever watched Vanguard? How about PBS newshour? Have you ever watched or listened to NPR, you know, any news that wasn't telling you how much you should hate Obama? Vanguard is brilliant on current, and they very rarely even talk about politics. You've been so brainwashed into thinking that everything but FOX is doing nothing but singing Obama's praises or hiding the truth, but that's one of the problems liberals have, we actually critique and disprove of our own party, openly, and unlike the right, we don't all just recite talking points and stick to the script, if you actually watched something other than fox, you might enjoy not being shouted at, or hearing hatefilled, angry people saying things about the president during a time of war that the right would have called treason if anyone had said things like that about Bush Jr. when he was in office. It's so hypocritical and disgusting. You can have your opinion, that's fine, FOX takes it a bit too far, and they don't own up to it, at least on CNN or MSNBC you will see WAY more republicans than you'll see liberals on FOX, yet FOX claims to be fair and balanced. It's a joke. Try watching shows that actually do research and fact checking and challenge you intellectually, you might actually grow back some brain cells instead of just hearing the same crap about Obama being a kenyan muslim terrorist who's coming for your freedom/guns/money/insert crazy theory here. It's seriously as bad as the nut job "Truthers" who think Bush is responsible for 9/11. Get a freaking grip!
America_Firster
Mar 31, 2012 7:45 PM CDT
The title is wrong above: "Eliot Spitzer takes over". It should read: "Current TV calls up 'Client Number Nine'".
probly-feet
Mar 31, 2012 8:50 AM CDT
that whining little princess has to be the most obnoxious person on the planet. sure hope he is never heard from again.