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Friday
Apr062012

Keith Olbermann Sues Current TV Following Firing

Donna Ward/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Keith Olbermann has made good on his threat to sue Current TV, the cable company who fired him last week.

According to TMZ.com, Olbermann filed his lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles, alleging breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement. The left-leaning commentator says he's owed between $50 million to $70 million in damages from the network.

Olbermann reportedly signed a five-year, $50 million contract with Current TV last year.

Olbermann alleges in his complaint that he was "enticed" to leave his previous employer, MSNBC, and continue his Countdown program on Current TV with the expectation that he would have editorial control and the support of his superiors. However, he says Current TV executives, including former Vice President Al Gore, proved to be nothing more than "dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives."

Olbermann says the network acted unprofessionally by not giving him full control of his show and by disparaging him publicly. He also claims the president of Current TV once said in an email, in regards to Olbermann's studio, "We are paying for a Porsche and getting a Yugo."

When it announced its firing of Olbermann last week, Current TV said it "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." Olbermann subsequently threatened legal action on Twitter.

Earlier this week on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, Olbermann said he "screwed up," but then referred to himself as a "$10 million chandelier" without a good home at Current TV.

In response to Olbermann's lawsuit, Current TV issued the following statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter: "It is well established that over his professional career, Mr. Olbermann has specialized in pounding the table. However, Mr. Olbermann, by filing his false and malicious lawsuit, has now put this matter into a legal process where there will be an objective review of the facts. We hope Mr. Olbermann understands that when it comes to the legal process, he is actually required to show up."

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Keith Olbermann on Current TV Firing: 'I Screwed Up'

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In his first high profile appearance since being fired from Current TV, Keith Olbermann visited The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday and admitted, "I screwed up."

Olbermann then seemed to back away from taking the blame for his departure, drawing an analogy between himself and Current TV by saying, "You know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in.  Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good, and it’s not going to do any good to the chandelier."

Letterman quipped in response, "You're the chandelier?"

Olbermann had signed a five-year, $50 million contract to host the show Countdown on Current TV, former Vice President Al Gore's ratings-challenged cable channel.  Olbermann told Letterman he knew "as early as...last July" that he wanted out of Current TV. 

Taking another shot at the stuggling cable channel, Olbermann said, "I was never even sure it was actually on television."

Olbermann also said it's now up to the courts to see what happens with the rest of his contract.  "The nice judge will decide whether or not I get more of my money," he said.

Letterman poked fun of Olbermann's famous career flame-outs by presenting him with a business card in which he can spin a wheel and select what company appears near his name, including Olbermann's former employers ESPN, MSNBC, and now Current TV.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

The 'Countdown' Resumes for Keith Olbermann

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) -- The bane of conservative commentators everywhere was back in his Countdown anchor chair Monday night, albeit on another channel.

Keith Olbermann, who was last seen on MSNBC, is now doing his program for Al Gore's Current TV network, meaning Countdown will be seen in far fewer homes than its previous incarnation.

However, that doesn't seem to bother Olbermann much.  He hit the ground running Monday by taking on the Obama administration for its controversial Libya policy.

Olbermann says he's determined to show that he can be fair and balanced in his reporting, although Republicans again will undoubtedly feel the brunt of his wrath, as evidenced by a segment called "Inside the Republican Cult."

Much of the new Countdown was like the old Countdown including the same theme music, the "Worst Person" segment, guests from the political left that included filmmaker Michael Moore and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, and even Olbermann crumpling up paper at the show's end and tossing it at the camera.

Olbermann left MSNBC under somewhat mysterious circumstances earlier this year, although he and the network claim the parting was mutual.  MSNBC briefly suspended Olbermann last November when it was learned he contributed money to several Democratic candidates

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