Update: On behalf of Tucker Carlson and everyone here at The Daily Caller, I want to reach out to Keith Olbermann in this troubled time. You don’t have to decide anything right now, Keith, but we’d be more than happy to offer you an internship.
And for everyone else, don’t forget that your one-stop shop for Keith Olbermann news and commentary is KeithOlbermann.com!
You’ve heard of a Friday afternoon document dump. How about a Friday afternoon douche dump?
Brian Stelter at the NYT reports:
Current TV, the fledgling liberal cable channel, said Friday that it had terminated its relationship with Keith Olbermann, the anchor that it hired just one year ago.
In a letter to viewers, the channel said Friday: “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.”
Mr. Olbermann will not be given an opportunity to sign off.
Starting tonight, he’s being replaced by…
Oh my OMG, this is too good…
This has been a great week for lovers of truth and liberty, and what a way to cap it off.
Thank you for making us all smile today, Keith Olbermann! Good night and… I guess that’s it, really.
Update: Looks like it’s time to follow Politico’s Keach Hagey on Twitter.
Now, of course, the speculation will begin: Where will Keith go next? Is there anywhere even left? Say… is Glenn Beck hiring?
Update: Keith speaks!
What, not on TV? Oh yeah… that’s right.
Update: Just want to make sure this is saved for posterity.
Update: Keith’s statement. Which he put out on Twitlonger. Because he doesn’t have a TV show. Or his own site.
I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.
Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.
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. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain. http://nyti.ms/HueZsa
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.
The science is settled: Al Gore isn’t any smarter with his own money than he wants to be with yours.
Update: What a difference 16 months makes. Here’s Eliot Spitzer in Nov. 2010.
Update: A lot will be said about Keith Olbermann in the hours and days to come, but this is how I choose to remember him.
Update: In all seriousness, I’d just like to tell Al Gore… For this relief, much thanks.
Update: The Hollywood Reporter says Current TV has retained crisis PR experts Michael Fabiani and Chris Lehane for the anticipated battle with Olbermann. I’m no expert, but it seems like all they have to do is keep repeating one phrase: “This is Keith Olbermann we’re talking about here.”
Update: I mean, how badly do you have to screw up to get thrown over for a disgraced whoremonger? On a Friday? It’s awesome. I have no idea what channel Current TV is even on, so I guess I’ll have to watch this instead.
Update: Current TV is already airbrushing Keith out of all the pictures.