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Keith Olbermann to switch ESPN2 timeslots, return to 'SportsCenter'

Keith Olbermann had some big news on the first anniversary of his ESPN2 show, Olbermann.

Starting on Sept.8, Olbermann’s timeslot will shift from 11 p.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET, and switch from a hourlong format to a half-hour-long format, freeing up time for the commentator to host segments of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Olbermann previously hosted SportsCenter from 1992 until 1997, when he left under contentious circumstances with ESPN.

Larry King set to guest host ESPN2's 'Olbermann'

Larry King will serve as temporary host of Keith Olbermann’s ESPN2 show Olbermann.

King will appear on Oct. 1 to 3. Olbermann will be absent from the show starting Sept. 30 in order to host TBS’ MLB post-season show, according to the network’s press release.

“I am a great admirer of Keith Olbermann who I think is the quintessential sports host,” said King in the press release.  “Sports have always been my avocation – they’re part of my being.  Having the chance to come back to my hometown of New York and host Keith’s show for several days is a terrific joy for me and a return to my first love.”

King will also appear as a guest on tonight’s episode of Olbermann.

Olbermann will return on Oct. 21.

Keith Olbermann on his new ESPN show: 'It will be a sports cast with my stamp on it.'

If Keith Olbermann wants to talk about politics on his upcoming nightly talker on ESPN2, he will. But, he says, it has to make sense first. “I’m not intending to talk about politics, certainly not in the partisan sense and not in the sense I have in the last ten years of work that I’ve done,” he said today during the first day of the Television Critics Association press tour, referring to his time on his MSNBC program Countdown. But, he admitted, “it’s a sports show and there will be occasions in which…we will have to talk about [it].”

Olberman, who recently settled a legal battle with Al Gore’s Current TV after he was fired from the network, also shot down reports that his contract included any limits on content and confirmed that that there will be no “pop culture segments.” “I’ve done and enjoyed and own the work I did in politics and news, but this is not what this is. I wanted to go back into sports,” he said.
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Keith Olbermann headed back to ESPN2: Updated

Proving bridges can be rebuilt after they’ve been burned, ESPN is welcoming Keith Olbermann back into the fold. It’s now official: Olbermann, a one-hour show airing generally at 11 p.m. ET Monday-Friday, will debut Aug. 26 on ESPN2.

Back in March, the New York Times reported that Olbermann and his reps had approached ESPN about returning to the network, where he partnered with Dan Patrick to set the standard for SportsCenter. At that time, ESPN’s president John Skipper seemed slightly unreceptive: “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he’d be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun,” Skipper told the Times. “Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back… After the dinner, at that point, there was no real appropriate place for Keith to come back, nor did I feel like I was prepared to bring him back.” Instead, it was announced in June that Olbermann would host a postseason baseball studio show for TBS.

In today’s announcement, Skipper sang a different tune: “Keith is a one-of-a-kind personality and these shows will be appointment viewing for that very reason,” he said. “Keith brings a blend of editorial sophistication and unpredictability — you can never be sure what you’ll get. Olbermann on ESPN2 gives viewers the quality late-night complement to ESPN’s SportsCenter in the same way we’ve developed distinct show options across our networks the rest of the day.”

Olbermann’s prodigal-son return is especially ironic since he was the reluctant star of ESPN2 when it launched in 1993. Shifted from SportsCenter at the height of his fame to anchor the new network, Olbermann’s tenure at the Deuce had an inauspicious start, with Olbermann wearing a leather coat and beginning the show with the quip, “Welcome to the end of my career.” His tune has also changed: “Apart from the opportunity to try to create a nightly hour of sports television that no fan can afford to miss, I’m overwhelmed by the chance to begin anew with ESPN,” he said in the announcement. “I’ve been gone for 16 years and not one day in that time has passed without someone connecting me to the network. Our histories are indelibly intertwined and frankly I have long wished that I had the chance to make sure the totality of that story would be a completely positive one. I’m grateful to friends and bosses — old and new — who have permitted that opportunity to come to pass. I’m not going to waste it.”

Keith Olbermann to host Turner Sports baseball show

Keith Olbermann is getting back into broadcasting.

Turner Sports said Wednesday that it is hiring Olbermann to host its baseball studio show for the postseason. He will team with Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley.

Olbermann most recently did a political show at Current TV before he had a falling-out with his bosses. While generally acknowledged to be a smart and witty broadcaster, off-screen battles with executives have kept him jumping to different jobs.

Olbermann was a postseason baseball studio host at both NBC and Fox more than a decade ago.

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Keith Olbermann and Current TV reach settlement -- Report

Our long national nightmare is over: Nearly one year after filing a blistering, $70 million lawsuit against Current TV, Keith Olbermann and his former employer have reportedly reached a settlement. Specifics of the deal are confidential — and Current TV has declined to comment, while Olbermann has not yet responded to EW’s requests for comment — but according to Deadline, the ousted host was awarded “a significant payout.” READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann fires back at Jimmy Kimmel over White House Correspondents Dinner jokes

At Saturday night’s White House Correspondents dinner, Jimmy Kimmel pointed his wit at some of the most powerful Americans in the country. Most of them were just a few feet away, including the President of the United States. Fortunately for Kimmel, everyone took his barbs pretty well — President Obama gritted his teeth and was a good sport, giving as well as he got. But one man who wasn’t in the room did not especially appreciate being the butt of several jokes. “I’d like everyone to look under your seats,” said Kimmel. “Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume…. The thing about Keith Olbermann is… he’s so likable…. Keith Olbermann burned more bridges than the Arsonist of Madison County. He has more pink slips than Marcus Bachmann.”

Scan to the 18:40 of Kimmel’s performance to watch the relevant bits. READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann sues Current TV in blistering lawsuit

Keith Olbermann blasted his former employer Current TV in a lawsuit demanding about $70 million in compensation for terminating the anchor before his contract expired.

“After being enticed to leave MSNBC and come to Current with the promise of editorial control, freedom from corporate influence, and the professional support to produce high-caliber political commentary show of the type his viewers have come to expect, Keith Olbermann was disheartened to discover [Current TV founders] Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment executives.”

The outspoken pundit was fired from the modest-sized cable network last week. He alleges in a lengthy complaint that Hyatt “created an environment in which major business errors and technical failures became commonplace and acceptable.” READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann on Letterman: 'I screwed up really big'

In his first TV appearance since his ouster from Current TV last week, Keith Olbermann told David Letterman on The Late Show Tuesday that “I screwed up really big.”

“Let’s just start there,” said Olbermann, according to an early transcript provided by CBS.  “I thought we could do this.  It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed in the sense that I didn’t think the whole thing through.  I didn’t say, ‘you know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in. Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good, and it’s not going to do any good to the chandelier.’  And then it turned out we didn’t have a lot to put the house on to put the chandelier in, or a building permit, and I, I should have known that.  And it is, it is my fault at heart … Now, I’ve been in situations in my lifetime where the second I agreed to something, I got that sinking feeling in my stomach and I said to myself on those occasions, ‘Holy goodness, I’ve just made a huge mistake.’”

Did that happen to you?” Letterman asked. READ FULL STORY

Eliot Spitzer tanks in Keith Olbermann's old time slot

After the sudden, inglorious exit of rabble-rousing pundit Keith Olbermann from Current TV last Thursday, Viewpoint With Eliot Spitzer debuted the next night in Olbermann’s former time slot to ominous ratings. The former New York governor’s program scored only 47,000 viewers total, slightly more than a quarter of the network’s March average for that time slot. In the make-or-break 25-54 demographic, Viewpoint landed only 10,000 viewers. The network previously bungled promotion for the show when they encouraged fans to follow Spitzer on Twitter. Spitzer does not have a Twitter account.

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Keith Olbermann fired by Current TV, threatens lawsuit

UPDATED: Keith Olbermann has been fired by a cable network. Again.

Current TV released a statement saying it was parting ways with the outspoken liberal news pundit, citing a difference in values. Olbermann then shot back with a statement of his own (both are printed in full below). Current also announced it’s giving former New York governor and CNN personality Eliot Spitzer a show in Olbermann’s 8 p.m. slot. Spitzer’s show starts tonight.

The decision comes less than a year after Current hired the former MSNBC personality as lead news anchor to help energize the cable network’s prime-time ratings. Olbermann’s stint was marred by infighting, including a public spat last fall over whether he would anchor the network’s election coverage. According to The New York Times, Olbermann had a five-year, $50 million deal with the network, but Current is accusing Olbermann of violating the terms of his contract.

Here is Current’s full open letter to viewers: READ FULL STORY

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