Once upon a time, the definition of chutzpah was the guy on trial for killing his parents, pleading the mercy of the court on the grounds that he was an orphan. Now we have a new definition: Keith Olbermann demanding a huge pile of cash to treat the first-degree burns he suffered while burning his last bridge.
Keith Olbermann has settled his $50 million lawsuit with Current TV, bringing an end to the almost year-long legal dispute over the outspoken host’s dismissal from the liberal news network.
The terms of the settlement, which was reported earlier this week, were not released. But two sources familiar with the negotiations now tell POLITICO that during the mediation stage, Olbermann’s legal representatives cited his inability to get a job at another network — a move one source close to the negotiations interpreted as an effort to gain sympathy for Olbermann.
“One of the cards his people played was hardship,” the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told POLITICO. “He spent last fall talking to all the major networks, and he couldn’t get a job. The idea was, this could be the last money he ever earned.”
Poor Keith. He even went crawling back to ESPN, and they gave him the brush-off. How humiliating. He deserves every penny he picks out of Al Gore’s pockets.
Hope the money is worth it, Keith. Once it runs out and you can no longer afford oysters at the Atlantic Grill, our offer of an internship at the Daily Caller is still open. You can learn the fundamentals of journalism, which you never bothered with the first time around. We’ll help you get back on your feet.
You’re welcome, Keith.
(Hat tip: Newsbusters)