TV personality and political journalist Keith Olbermann has been fired from Current TV. Olberman, of fame for his factual yet sarcastic approach to politics, took his branded shows “Countdown” to Current TV after being released from MSNBC.
Current TV, a network founded by former Vice President Al Gore released a statement ear lie Friday afternoon stating:
“Current was also 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, who did not make an immediate statement following the announcement, has now tweeted his statement, saying that he will be taking legal action against the network that suspended his five year, $50 million contract.
To end his statement, Keith Olberman says “In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. 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.”
On the same day of the announcement, Current TV has already replaced Olbermann’s spot with a new segment hosted by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. The segment, titled “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” will be another attempt for Spitzer, after his failed attempt with “In the Arena” on CNN.
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