Shock report: Olbermann not getting along with new network

posted at 6:24 pm on January 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Follow the timeline here. On December 29, the Times noted that he wasn’t scheduled to anchor Current’s coverage of Iowa or New Hampshire and would therefore be “sitting out the biggest political nights of the season.” Not true, countered Olby:

On Thursday afternoon Mr. Olbermann suggested that Current’s published plans might not be accurate. When a reporter asked him via email why he was not participating in the Iowa caucus coverage, he answered, “That’s not my understanding. We’ve already prepared a ‘Best Of Countdown’ for Monday, and are planning a live Countdown on Tuesday.”

That’s the plan that Mr. Olbermann told his viewers about on Dec. 22, his last live program of the year. “We’ll be bringing you Best of ‘Countdown’ each night from tomorrow through Monday, Jan. 2, and then back — live, live, live — on Tuesday, Jan. 3,” he said. He added, “Congratulations on getting through another year of this crap. Good night and good luck.”

Cut to five days later, just hours before the caucus results started rolling in. A fan tweeted him to ask whether he’d be anchoring the coverage after all, to which he replied, “headed into the office now.” The Times was wrong! But … no, actually, they weren’t. Another terse tweet followed a few hours later: “So as not to mislead: I am informed Countdown will not be on tonight, I must defer on all questions to @JoelHyatt @AlGore and @Current.” So the Times was right. Or was it? According to a Current spokesperson later in the evening, “We asked Keith to be the sole anchor and exec producer of our primary and caucus coverage beginning tonight… Unfortunately, he declined to anchor or participate.”

Why would a guy billed as the network’s “Chief News Officer” decline to cover the first big result of the presidential campaign? Over to you, Hollywood Reporter:

“I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions,” Olbermann said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. “They know it and we know it. Telling half the story is wrong.”…

Apparently [Current TV President David] Bohrman, upon learning that Olbermann had assembled his staff for a show that would be pre-empted sent a memo to Countdown staffers to clear up the “misunderstanding.”…

Representatives for Olbermann did not immediately elaborate on exactly what “acceptable conditions” would entail. But it’s no secret that Olbermann’s show has had its share of technical snafus. And this is a source of frustration, say sources.

In early December the studio lights went out while Olbermann was on the air, prompting him to return the following evening with a candle.

Follow the link and scroll down to read Bohrman’s memo to the “Countdown” staff. Key phrases: “As we assumed Keith had communicated to you” and “We tried several times to have Keith participate in our coverage.” How can it be that the staff thought they were doing a show last night when the entire world, thanks to that NYT story, believed days earlier that they weren’t? Surely management would have stepped in to clear things up between last Thursday and Tuesday; did a certain someone “forget” to pass along their instructions to the “Countdown” team? And who leaked Bohrman’s memo to the Hollywood Reporter? Was it one of the staffers, annoyed at the confusion and/or brinksmanship between Olby and management, or was it management itself as a way to counter Olby’s fingerpointing? Hard to believe Current would have let the staff operate under the impression that they were going to do a caucus show up until the very last minute, only to pull the plug. Maybe “someone” decided to call everyone in despite management’s orders, start putting together a show the way he wanted to do it, and then dare the brass at Current to tell him he couldn’t go on the air with it. Or maybe this is yet another case of tyrannical cable-news execs trying to tell a genius how to practice his craft and then besmirching him when he insisted on doing it his way. It happened at Fox and MSNBC, right?

Exit question: If/when this parting of the ways happens, would CNN dare take a chance? Gotta do something drastic to get those primetime ratings flowing.


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Another day another bridge to nuke for Olby.He’s run out of bridges mighty fast maybe he can save the day for Oprah’s failing OWN network.Him and Rosie would make a grand pair wouldn’t they.

jeffinsjvca on January 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

A few years from now, Keef will be making the rounds of the late night shows hawking a book titled “Genius Denied”. He will be wearing a Muu-Muu and a lot of eye makeup. The host will be having a hard time suppressing giggles.

SurferDoc on January 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Keith Olbermann: Not Too Big to Fail.

BlaxPac on January 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

UNEXPECTEDLY!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

OLBERMANN: What do you think George W Bush thinks about all of this?

CASEY ANTHONY: Huh?

OLBERMANN: You remember our last president, the mass murdering psychotic war monger with the blood of innocents on his hands? What do you think he’s thinking about your ordeal?

CASEY ANTHONY: I don’t know.

OLBERMANN: Great answer Casey! He probably doesn’t know either!

CASEY ANTHONY: (looks confused)

OLBERMANN: If I may ask, what’s your political affiliation?

CASEY ANTHONY: I don’t even know!

OLBERMANN: Who did you vote for in the 2008 election?

CASEY ANTHONY: I don’t know. That’s around the time all this murder stuff began.

OLBERMANN: Oh, that’s right! Well, if you hadn’t been sidetracked by that ridiculous murder investigation, would you have voted for Barack Obama or that lame ass, pseudo war hero, John McCain?

CASEY ANTHONY: Probably Obama.

OLBERMANN: I’ll bet you weren’t too happy when the republicans took over the House last year!

CASEY ANTHONY: My house?

OLBERMANN: No, no no! The house of representatives.

CASEY ANTHONY: Oh.

OLBERMANN: You know if a republican had been in charge of your trial you’d be in your cell right now awaiting execution!

CASEY ANTHONY: Really?

OLBERMANN: Count on it! And if you were black, you’d already be dead. And then they would arrest and kill your entire family.

unclesmrgol on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

unclesmrgol on January 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Keith is just enough for a lowlife for me to know that is not a satire.

My apologies to lowlives everywhere for the comparison.

BKennedy on January 5, 2012 at 12:44 AM

A few years from now, Keef will be making the rounds of the late night shows hawking a book titled “Genius Denied”. He will be wearing a Muu-Muu and a lot of eye makeup. The host will be having a hard time suppressing giggles.
SurferDoc on January 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Well Kadaffhy doesn’t need it anymore

DSchoen on January 5, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Who won the pool on how long it will take for uberidiot to self destruct?

DSchoen on January 5, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Apparently [Current TV President David] Bohrman, upon learning that Olbermann had assembled his staff for a show that would be pre-empted sent a memo to Countdown staffers to clear up the

Bohrman? What accurate name for the prez of Current TV

Representatives for Olbermann did not immediately elaborate on exactly what “acceptable conditions” would entail. But it’s no secret that Olbermann’s show has had its share of technical snafus. And this is a source of frustration, say sources.
In early December the studio lights went out while Olbermann was on the air,

that happens when ya don’t pay the electric bill!

prompting him to return the following evening with a candle.

DSchoen on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I thought Overbite was part of the management team at Current?

“Introducing our newest host here on Anchorage Public Access, Keef Olberdouche”

DStreete on January 5, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Who won the pool on how long it will take for uberidiot to self destruct?

DSchoen on January 5, 2012

(chuckle)

This could be an even shorter run than his lame gig at Sunday Night Football.
Does ÜberDorkmann have any place to go now?
I suggest a nice warm padded cell in an old dilapidated psych hospital where he will be tortured daily by Nurse Ratched. And then lobotomized.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 5, 2012 at 6:53 AM

rightwinger

what mental disease does this guy NOT have…

chickie on January 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Uhhhh….Hey Bevis,wanna be on TV?

rodguy911 on January 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM

*KO ur fired – mgmt*

LizardLips on January 5, 2012 at 8:36 AM

All things considered, don’t you think Olby would be far more happier, and even in his own element, doing color commentary on WWE RAW?

pilamaye on January 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Keith Olbermann not getting along with his network??? What??? I’m shocked!!

mlewis7299 on January 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Olberman has always been an arrogant self-centered jerk. It’s always about him …

“I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions.”

Interpretation – it’s my way or the highway.

Archer on January 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

You do know we are talking about a network and a show that draws about the same number of viewers as a re-run of the 1986 Cotton Bowl on ESPN Classic.

Wallythedog on January 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Olbermann should have stuck with sportscasting…

zoyclem on January 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions

That’s a liberal for you, conditions must be absolutely perfect for them to shine.

If I was in his position I would consider the “unacceptable conditions” as a challenge. Silly me, I should have known that Olby expects everything to be handed to him on a silver platter.

Kingfisher on January 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

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