Keith Olbermann sues Current TV



Here is my initial reaction to Current TV’s firing of Keith Olbermann, and here are both his statement and Current's.

To hear Keith's side (or as much as he was able to share), here he is on the Late Show with David Letterman.

And now, as promised, Keith has filed a lawsuit, and TMZ has the story, including his claims that Current "violated his contract, torpedoed his show, and still owes him up to $70 million in unpaid compensation." He's suing for breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement.

Please read TMZ's article for all the details, but one excerpt from the lawsuit includes this:

"Keith Olbermann was disheartened to discover Al Gore, Joel Hyatt and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives."

Per the suit, here are the complaints against Current:

-- they broadcast ads that contained Keith's image without his consent
-- they used guest hosts for "Countdown" without Keith's approval
-- they refused to give Keith editorial control over special election coverage
-- they disclosed the confidential terms of his contract
-- they linked Keith's name and goodwill with corporate endorsements without his consent
-- they disparaged Keith publicly
-- they refused Keith's request to stream segments from his show on his website
-- they refused to invest resources in the show

There are two sided to every story, and it's not a stretch to think we'll be hearing more from both parties.

My only comment for now: I really hate this. I had high hopes for both Current as an outlet for Keith's talents and for long, healthy runs for many, many Progressive news/information broadcasts, especially Countdown.

You can view the lawsuit here. It's a doozy.

  • Walt

    As Laffy said, there is too sides to the story but... Olbermann's case does bring light to a lot of interesting stuff.  I didn't know that Current TV lured Olbermann to leave MSNBC.  Kieth Olbermann might have a big ego (but certainly more restrained than the giant egos of  a Bill O'Reilly and a Rush Limbaugh) but he was the face of MSNBC .  And you can make the argument that he led the way for getting people like Rachel Maddows (whose blowing up) and Ed Schultz on MSNBC.  Will be interesting to see how this plays out.   I do agree with Olbermann and was disappointed in the production values on his show on Current TV.  Whether you like him or not Olbermann's heart was always in the right place and he brought a lot of awareness and point of view that had been missing from cable news.

    But of course, the right echo chamber is having a field day with this story.  Assholes.

  • Olbermann is a piece of shit, and so is his crappy, whiny complaint

  • keith is a diva, that is all

  • I gathered, from what KO has said. I'm reading the suit now. Wowzers.

  • Laffy, if you take a look at Joel Hyatt's professional history, you could see a train wreck coming, this isn't the first time he's done this.