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.