Is Keith Olbermann leaving Current TV just months after arriving?

The Hollywood Reporter | The New York Times | The Wrap
A lawyer for Keith Olbermann tells The Hollywood Reporter the anchor is in talks with Current about “his role with the network.” Olbermann’s “Countdown” aired on Wednesday, just one day after Iowa Caucus coverage revealed tension between the former MSNBC anchor and his current employer. Olbermann says he “was not given a legitimate opportunity to host” Caucus coverage “under acceptable conditions,” while Current president David Bohrman says he was. Olbermann’s title is chief news officer, but it’s unclear how much authority he has over coverage. The New York Times reports Michael Price, Olbermann’s manager, “expected that Mr. Olbermann would stay at Current,” but “said he was unable to answer other questions because of confidentiality clauses in the anchorman’s contract, which is believed to last five years and be worth $50 million total.” One unnamed Current exec told The Wrap, “I hope Keith is part of our future, but it’s up to Keith … everybody is replaceable.” “Countdown” is Current’s most popular program, but its viewership is, at best, about 20 percent of the audience it commanded on MSNBC, whose 8 p.m. ratings have fallen since Olbermann’s exit a year ago.

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  • Anonymous

    KO left on less than please terms wi ESPN.
    He was discarded at MSNBC
    Now he’s losing his job at Gore/Current.
    What’s next for him?  I don’t believe My Weekly Reader is hiring.

  • Anonymous

    I would follow Keith to Current, except he was already running off the rails while still at MSNBC. Instead of being the voice of reasoned thought, he’s become a self-righteous blow hard (happens ever few years every hire/fire cycle). Too bad, I miss the humble KO.

  • Anonymous

    More cannibalism on the left . . .

  • Anonymous

    I paid Comcast extra per month just for the privilege of seeing Keith when he switched from MSNBC.  But the graphics on Current are terrible and that “flag” that waves every few minutes is obviously someone’s favorite, but it is very amateurish—like an undergrad’s first attempt at graphics/design!  Are these Al Gore’s friends’ children/grandchildren at work? At first I was disappointed in Keith because Current had put the word out that he was “in charge”…but now I see…Like many organizations, management is FUBAR?
    Please don’t blame Keith for calling the Game with accuracy—he has always been known for that!
    Wendyn Anson

  • Anonymous

    so how many homes does current reach vs, say, msnbc? i don’t think it’s even on my pathetic cable, but if it is, it’s in the upper reaches of cable that i am not willing to pay more for.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N6QVAXETQXBIBBPPAYDRSD4EYQ Ron

    Keith has an audience of 50,000 per night and he’s making $50 M? Al Gore is dumber than I thought.

  • Anonymous

    I find it hard to believe Current could generate $50 million in advertising to pay for him in the first place.