Just caught up with the news that the stridently "progressive" Keith Olbermann, having sufficiently groveled in sack cloth and ashes before the lairds of Bristol, Connecticut, is being allowed to return to ESPN in an eponymously entitled show launching one week from tonight at 11:00 pm on ESPN2.
Wow! Here's a clown who worked for the cable sports giant from 1992 to 1997, left in a very public spat while biting the hands that had fed him for five years... going so far as to call ESPN "the bush leagues."
After a brief stint at MSNBC with The Big Show With Keith Olbermann, he landed at Fox Sports Net as anchor/executive producer for a SportsCenter knock-off, The Keith Olbermann Evening News, on Sunday evenings.
In quick order, he was o-u-t of there as well.
(Ruppert Murdoch was quoted, saying: "I fired him... He's crazy." This from Murdock!)
Following his unceremonious exit from Fox, Olbermann temporized on ABC Radio, attempting to pick-up Howard Cosell's Speaking of Sports commentary show, then went back to ESPN (radio only) in 2005.
Two years later he was co-hosting Football Night in America for NBC... but that didn't last long either.
Tellingly, few of his departures have been anything other than abrupt... he was even fired from Al Gore's Current TV last year!
(Ironically, Gore and his partners recently sold Current TV and tomorrow it re-launches as Al Jazeera America. No word yet on whether it will be carried on Cablevision.)
Olbermann's career in media can be best described as nomadic... there was also a stint at CNN... and I think the only one who hasn't employed him at one time or another is CBS.
One hot rumor... not started by Dan Rattiner, by the way... was that he'd been knocking on the doors of SEA-TV hoping to catch a weekend shift there while hoping to inveigle his way back into the probationary good graces of ESPN.
So, like Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, Keith Olbermann just hasn't gone away... let's see how long he lasts this time. Someone will have to tell me... I won't be watching.
Good grief, he's awful.