Make a little room for Keith Olbermann over in the unemployment line.
The left-leaning former MSNBC correspondent is out of a job — again — after being unceremoniously booted from his role as a Current TV correspondent.
And word ’round the blogosphere has it that the ouster could result in a mayjuh legal battle for Joel Hyatt and former Vice-President Al Gore, who own the news network.
Olbermann’s nightly commentary show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, premiered in June on Current TV. He was appointed Current’s Chief News Officer after he left MSNBC in January 2011, following stormy interactions with management, including a suspension for contributing to political candidates.
In a statement Friday, Gore and Hyatt noted that Current TV was “founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers.” But, they added, “these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.”
Well…that certainly struck a cord with Keith. In fact, the newsman has threatened to file suit against Hyatt and Gore for their tensely-worded statement.
Check out what he wrote on Twitter overnight:
“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 (Current owners) 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 later added:
“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…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.”
This isn’t the first time Keith’s been on the receiving end of a speedy exit. He told his staff of his bust-up with MSNBC during a commercial break of what would be his final show.