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Less than two years after his mea cupta with MSNBC, Keith Olbermann tenure at Current TV ended with the same result, a termination. Late Friday, March 30th, the network announced that Olbermann will be replaced by former New York Governor and CNN host Eliot Spitzer.
Olbermann, who has a track record of ending his employment situations on tense terms, appears to completed his position of Chief News Officer ended in similar fashion. Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, founders of Current TV and Olbermann will debate the details of his firing in court as Politico cites he was fired for breach of contract, for "sabotaging" the network. CNN Howard Kurtz of Reliable Sources tweeted Olbermann refused to cross-promote to other on the network or appear in advertisements with them.
Current TV executives issued the following statement regarding Olbermann's termination:
To the Viewers of Current:And Olbermann counteracted Current TV's position, with his statement, via Twitter:
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.
"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.Olbermann's personal Attorney Patricia Glaser, state to Deadline he would be suing. "[Current] can expect a bad a result," she said. The former Current TV host will appear on David Letterman's show on Tuesday to discuss his departure. Olbermann's leaving on less than favorable terms marks the fourth time a network terminated a working relationship with him, in the past fifteen years.
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 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. 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."