In an open letter to viewers of Current TV posted on their website, Current made the same programming error MSNBC made over a year ago. They cut the throat of the man who put them on the cable TV map.
Seriously, who even heard of Current TV before they hired Keith Olbermann last year? Who was watching MSNBC with any regularity before Keith Olbermann took the 8pm hour and made it his own?
In the open letter, signed by network founders, former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, they state:
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.
So, what happened? Did Keith poop in somebody’s shoe?
Is Olbermann a prima donna? Of course he is. Does he have an ego? Yes, indeed he does from what we’ve heard. Name a successful TV or radio or newspaper personality who does not have a healthy ego? And you knew this when you hired him, Al and Joel.
As for this viewer, there is no longer a reason to watch Current. Cenk Unger and the Young Turks have always struck us as irritating, Jennifer Granholm is nice, but she’s no Rachel Maddow, and the silliness of the morning shows with Bill Press and Stephanie Miller — hey, that’s nice for radio. But not for morning TV news.
Current is not available in HDTV, so with no Olbermann, there is no longer a reason to watch.
And Eliot Spitzer? Really? A man who failed in record time in his 8pm slot on CNN? A former governor of New York who resigned in disgrace when he was involved in a prostitute ring, a serial adulterer? We’re supposed to trust him? What’s next? Nightly News with Newt?
Sorry, Current. Keith Olberman was the only reason to watch your channel, with its many technical malfunctions and repetitive commercials for panels to prevent our couches from sagging.
Ed Schultz will be happy about this. Unless, of course, they’re bringing Keith back.
Whereever he lands, if it’s in the realm of TV news, that’s the channel this family will watch.