Less than a year ago, Olbermann was in the headlines with a $50 million five year contract with Current TV. The network was quite thrilled about the “Countdown” show, yet something happened during that time, because Olbermann and the show were canceled only hours before airtime. Current TV fired Keith Olbermann, but the former host show promises to sue.
According to a statement from Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the founders of the Current TV, Keith Olbermann was fired for not being in line with the network’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty to our viewers”. So far, no other details have surfed to explain the network’s abrupt decision to fire Keith Olbermann only hours before airtime.
However, Keith Olbermann isn’t exactly a surprise, given that he has a history of bad temper and inability to stay within the terms of his agreements. First of all, Keith Olbermann has a track record sprinkled with moments he lost his temper. In fact, that’s how he ended up with the $50 million contract with Current TV. Olbermann left MSNBC in January 2011 in not so cordial terms and joined Al Gore’s network.
During his first season at Current TV, Olbermann’s temperamental personality surfaced several times. He disagreed with some of the election coverage hours, then missed several regular broadcasts, occasionally complained about all sort of technical problems. A source close to the matter told ABC News that the network’s main reason for ousting Keith Olbermann were the missed shows, which were considered a “serial, material breach of his contract”.
Meanwhile, since being ousted other examples of Olbermann’s feisty and diva – like behavior made the news. Apparently, the “Countdown” host complained about his drivers, which he changed about 8 times. He claimed his drivers “smelled” or even “talked to him”.
Obviously, for Keith Olbermann getting fired is unacceptable. He replied to Current TV via his Twitter page: “I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV” because “for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally”. He mentioned he will prove that Current TV’s claims are “untrue” through “legal actions I will be filing against them presently”.
Keith Olbermann’s show will be replaced by a new program hosted by the former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.