Olbermann Looking for New Job— at ESPN

President doesn't see a current opening for ex-host

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 4, 2013 8:32 AM CST

(Newser) – Could Keith Olbermann be returning to his sports-anchor roots? In the midst of a $70 million lawsuit against former employer Current TV, the pundit has been seeking new work at ESPN, the network that kick-started his career, the New York Times reports. Olbermann recently had dinner with network president John Skipper. "We talked sports and politics," Skipper says, calling the dinner "lots of fun." "Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back."

As a co-host of SportsCenter in the 1990s, Olbermann was hugely popular—but also highly controversial, the Times notes. Despite his impressive ability, colleagues considered him difficult, so don't hold your breath for a return. "After the dinner ... there was no real appropriate place for Keith to come back, nor did I feel like I was prepared to bring him back," Skipper said. But "you can never say never," said former co-host Dan Patrick, who now works for NBC. But "if he does return, I won’t be back there with him doing SportsCenter. I can promise you that."

Keith Olbermann poses at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
Keith Olbermann poses at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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