Like many Americans, outspoken television anchor/host Keith Olbermann is out of a job. Earlier today, Current TV co-founders Joel Hyatt and former United States Vice President Al Gore, released a statement in an open letter regarding their decision to let Olbermann go:
“We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before. 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.”
Not one to pull any punches, Olbermann took to Twitter to release his own statement this afternoon. “I’ll be putting out my statement in two ways: 140 characters at a time, and then in one fell swoop via Twitlong.”
After apologizing to his viewers and his staff for the “failure of Current TV,” Olbermann denied the allegations and is threatening to take legal action.
“It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently.”
He went on to say,
“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.”
Eliot Spitzer Takes Over
And speaking of “values,” the former host will be replaced by the controversial former CNN host Eliot Spitzer. In 2008, Spitzer resigned in disgrace as Governor of New York due to a highly publicized sex scandal allegedly involving a high-priced prostitution service. The former prosecutor had also served as Attorney General as well.
Because the show must go on, Spitzer’s new show, Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, is set to air tonight at 8:00 P.M.
Born in New York City in 1959, Olbermann graduated from Cornell University with a degree in communications art. He began his career as a sports anchor in Boston and went on to work at CNN, ESPN and Fox Sports before hosting the popular MSNBC show, Countdown. After his departure from MSNBC in 2011, he was hired by Current TV. An avid baseball card collector, the outspoken pundit is also an award-winning writer.
One can only imagine who will be the Worst Person in the World today? “Good night and good luck” as Keith would say!