Report: Olby won’t tell Current TV whether he’ll anchor their New Hampshire coverage or not

posted at 9:30 pm on January 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

Does anyone really care? According to the Hollywood Reporter, his Current show at 8 p.m. averaged 52,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo on December 15. Compare that to the numbers for the rest of cable news the same day. Joy Behar’s dopey show on Headline News more than doubled him despite airing two hours later in the evening and opposite a Republican debate on Fox News. Following this latest dumb Olby drama day to day is like tracking a contract dispute involving the clean-up hitter on a single-A farm team. Even lefty sites that think he’s “whip-smart” have had enough.

But we’re going to cover it anyway, aren’t we? For old times’ sake.

The plot of the bewildering, apparently one-sided dispute between Countdown host Keith Olbermann and Current TV is thinning as it thickens. A source at the network tells Mediaite that, despite the ominous Hollywood Reporter story that “lawyers” are discussing the dustup over Current’s Iowa Caucus coverage, Olbermann’s attorneys have not been in touch with the network on that matter. The source also says that the network has invited Olbermann to anchor Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary coverage, but has not gotten a response

[A]ccording to the network, Olbermann was more than “informed” about his absence from the schedule Tuesday night; he was responsible for it. A Current source confirmed to Mediaite that Olbermann was kept appraised of the Iowa Caucus plans at every turn, and acknowledged as much, in at least four or five emails dating back to mid-November. In those emails, Current executives tried to secure Olbermann’s participation in the program, as they have previously stated, but he refused

The half of the story that Olbermann isn’t telling (at least not yet) is why he feigned ignorance of the schedule change, an apparent game of chicken to force his disgruntlement into the public eye.

Remember, Olby told reporters last week that as far as he knew he’d be doing his show live on Tuesday night to track caucus results, then went so far as to tell a fan on Twitter on Tuesday that he was headed into the office to get ready. If you believe Mediaite’s sources at Current, that’s all a big, self-serving lie. And incidentally, it’s not just the Hollywood Reporter that claims lawyers are now involved. The Wrap has heard that too, and a whole lot more:

“I hope Keith is part of our future, but it’s up to Keith,” an executive with Current who declined to be identified told TheWrap. “Keith set us in the right direction and we’re on that path now … and as I’ve learned over the years, everybody is replaceable.”…

Current executives have tired of Olbermann’s controlling nature and his evident aversion to sharing the spotlight with recently-hired hosts Cenk Uygur and former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm.

How long senior management will tolerate what they term “Keith being Keith” remains to be seen…

For his part, Olbermann has tired of how slowly Current was building. Constant power outages aggravated the irascible anchor. Moreover, a spotty car service apparently had guests arriving late.

It sounds … so unlike him. Once Current pulls the plug, that’ll be four different networks he’s alienated; only CNN will be left among newsers, and they can’t be so crazy and desperate to think they can make it work when a left-wing network built around his star power couldn’t. So there are only two options. One: Go back to sportscasting. His bridges to ESPN are still smoldering as far as I know, but a rival network looking to cut in on ESPN’s market share might be willing to put up with his tantrums. Imagine the ratings and ballyhoo of Olby re-embracing his true talent of coming up with catchphrases to punctuate sports highlights. Two: He goes the Beck route and starts his own online network. There are bound to be a few hundred thousand Rethuglikkkan-haters out there willing to pay for the privilege of watching him rant — there are at least 52,000 in the demo who’ve somehow managed to find Current in their cable program guide — so why not solve the problem of not being able to get along with supervisors by eliminating supervisors? He could sift through lefty media and bring over Cenk and Kos and whoever else to pad out the schedule. Imagine: “The Media Matters News Hour.” There’s got to be a market for this. Current’s loss is YouTube’s gain!


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Who’s Olby?

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Electrongod on January 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzz, Sir!

predator on January 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Does anyone really care?

This.

Electrongod on January 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Is he out of Depends, or can’t they find the extra-strength kind he needs?

profitsbeard on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Olby’s a passive-aggressive diva? Whodda thunk it.

Fallon on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

The only thing I really wanna see Olby in is a snuff film.

clayj on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Electrongod,

This guy knows him…

predator on January 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

the worst person in the WORLD

gerry- I couldn’t resist

gerrym51 on January 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Please just keep him away from New Hampshire; we don’t want him here!

NotPC on January 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Who won’t tell what what?

M240H on January 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

When Olby was twelve, you know the other boys took turns holding him down and farting in his face.

radjah shelduck on January 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

god of Electrons

John the Libertarian on January 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

who?

rob verdi on January 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Whip smart and bath tub ready..!

d1carter on January 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Keith Olbermann is such a cry baby. Keith protests so much that you would think that Current TV was asking him to run through a mine field or something. It’s no wonder that he can’t keep a job.

SoulGlo on January 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Boston Globe endorses him as #1 anchor.

hillsoftx on January 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Electrongod,

This guy knows him…

predator on January 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I don’t doubt it.

FYI…nice vid.

Electrongod on January 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

poor Obly…going to take his ball and go home is he.

PMSNBC must be glad he’s gone..oh yeah I forgot,,,Racheal Madcow is still there

LaRepublican on January 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

He’s on what, Cable Channel 238?

Wethal on January 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

If a career falls on Current TV and no one sees it does it make a sound….?

We’ll never know.

NeoKong on January 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Aw! I needed a good drinking game!!!

Kini on January 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I actually liked Keith Olberman when he had a local sports wrap-up show on Sunday Night in LA. I used to watch every week. He was really funny then.

Not as funny as his temper tantrums are NOW. And back then I was laughing WITH him, not AT him. But still…

JohnD13 on January 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I think Olby’s been busy trying to get the much wanted 8 PM time slot on Al Jazeera.

fogw on January 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

O/T,Intell Alert!
WTH-WTF!
=================

Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History?
Caucus Vote Counter Says Romney Mistakenly Given 20 Votes
*********************************************************

POSTED: 4:44 pm CST January 5, 2012
UPDATED: 6:30 pm CST January 5, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa — Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world’s eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 50 people may just blow up the results.

Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t.

“When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”

True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party’s website, True’s precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.

“This is huge,” True said. “It essentially changes who won.”
(More…………………..)
=============================

http://www.kcci.com/news/30144582/detail.html

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I read somewhere that handgun sales are going nuts. Perhaps Olby could land a nice “endorsement” contract with a paper target company – his mug would make a nice Saturday afternoon double-tap target at the local range.

peski on January 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

The only thing I really wanna see Olby in is a snuff film.

clayj on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Be careful. This kind of statement can get you banned.

andy85719 on January 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Petulant children throwing temper tantrums is not “drama”. It’s something to be ignored.

Rod on January 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

This is what happens when you give a man with such an ego a TV show.

McDuck on January 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

clayj on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Be careful. This kind of statement can get you banned.

andy85719 on January 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, and for good reason. I had mixed feelings about even posting my comment above, and all I was talking about was letting out some frustrations on a piece of paper.

peski on January 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

There are bound to be a few hundred thousand Rethuglikkkan-haters out there willing to pay for the privilege of watching him rant
===============================================================

Political Sado-Masochism ProgTards no doubt!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Ha! Hoist by his own petard (and his petard is HUGE)! Bye-Bye, pear-shaped guy.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Olby must be psychotic. How in the world do you not succeed as a leftard on Current TV?

BobMbx on January 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Electrongod,

This guy knows him…

predator on January 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

predatot:Lol,in *Bob Hopes Voice*,thanks,for the memories!!:)

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

A man going down for the third and final time into the dark, cold uncaring sea of irrelevance.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving schvanzkop.

Dime IV on January 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Part of Olbermann’s psyche is to have someone to rant about/blame when things go wrong, such as when he discovers that 90ercent of his viewers on MSNBC did not follow him to Current TV. And that would be the eventual fatal flaw in Keith following the Glenn Beck route.

Create your own Internet channel with streaming video and downloadable podcasts, and you’re your own boss, with no one to answer to. But that also means if you lapse further out of the public spotlight and have less and less influence even within the batshirt crazy left crowd, there’s no one higher up to blame for your failure. All Olby could do is start whining about some sort of flaw in the Google link logarithmics or that his tech supplier is not streaming his videos fast enough and that’s causing people to not watch. Even for his own massive ego, lowering himself to a feud like that would be too pitiful not to notice.

(My bet’s still on Keith getting some sort of gig on HBO as a partner show to “Real Time with Bill Maher”. Evem if fellow Time-Warner cable channel CNN thinks Olby’s beyond the pale, the suits at HBO are far more liberal and Blue State insular, and would think people are willing to shell out $10 a month extra to have an Olby show coming on after Maher’s live show on Fridays and his reruns the rest of the week.)

jon1979 on January 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Ugh,thats predator,not (tot).

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

You know he is loving this right? This is more media exposure than he has gotten in the last year combined.

thphilli on January 5, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Does anyone really care about this guy? Oh, I forgot, the ten people that watch him…

Southgirl on January 5, 2012 at 9:56 PM

clayj on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Be careful. This kind of statement can get you banned.

andy85719 on January 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, and for good reason. I had mixed feelings about even posting my comment above, and all I was talking about was letting out some frustrations on a piece of paper.

peski on January 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Captain Ed’s ATF Thread this afternoon brought out some really bad stuff from the recent Open Regs. Several got shuffled off to Buffalo right away.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Ugh,thats predator,not (tot).

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

:)
I do that with your name from time to time.

Electrongod on January 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM

OT: Uh oh! Reports are that Obama is about to announce a $1 trillion mortgage bailout to buy votes.

andy85719 on January 5, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Stay tuned for Chapter Two: In which teams of lawyers work round the clock, in shifts, explaining the “non-performance” clause to Our Hero…

mojo on January 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The only thing I really wanna see Olby in is a musical with Mr Snuffleupagus
clayj on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

FIFY

Everlasting_Knowitall on January 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I imagine Keith schlumping into the Current Executive office, dimly lit, with ominous music playing. Al Gore is seated at the boardroom table in a Trump wig, eyes squinted and lips pursed. Keith sits in his own flop sweat during the interminable moments before Gore points at him and says…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM

As for Olby? He’s just waiting another day or 2 to see what the Weather will be like up here. If he decides to go, all he has to do is hop on Algore’s Private Plane and make a 45 minute flight to MHT.

Right now the long range shows the daytime temps over the entire State on Tuesday to be at 32 degrees or warmer. No chance of any bad weather. It will even be 40 degrees on the Seacoast and down where the Infiltrators live.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Keef is on the rag more than Lemon Pledge.

SurferDoc on January 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Olby is a self-important d.b, but I sometimes miss his ‘dramatic gopher turns’ during his little self-righteous rants on MSDNC.

Everlasting_Knowitall on January 5, 2012 at 10:08 PM

O/T,well,here comes the Justice Party,he’s p*ssed with
the Progressive SocialistTards,hi-jacking the Democrat
Party!
——

Interview with Rocky Anderson; Justice Party Presidential Candidate
Jan 4 201
*********

Formerly a member of the Democratic Party, Anderson expressed his disappointment with that Party in 2011, stating “(t)he Constitution has been eviscerated while Democrats have stood by with nary a whimper. It is a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party.”
(More……)
=============

http://www.opednews.com/Podcast/Rocky-Anderson-Justice-Pa-by-Rob-Kall-120104-455.html?show=votes

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Ugh,thats predator,not (tot).

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM
:)
I do that with your name from time to time.

Electrongod on January 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Electrongod:Tru Dat:)

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

OT: Uh oh! Reports are that Obama is about to announce a $1 trillion mortgage bailout to buy votes.

andy85719 on January 5, 2012 at 9:58 PM

andy85719:Good Intel catch,the WH are denieing it,it must be true!:)
==============

White House Denies $1 Trillion Mortgage Fix: Report (Update 2)
01/05/12 – 04:38 PM EST
***********************

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11366791/1/obama-1-trillion-mortgage-fix-rumor-pushing-bank-stocks.html

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

one of my dad’s favorite anchors

*shaking the head*

cmsinaz on January 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

lead balloon

cmsinaz on January 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Poor Keefums. A legend in his own mind.

GarandFan on January 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Current’s loss is YouTube’s gain!

He’ll probably get triple the viewers on YouTube. And the internet LOVES bomb throwers. Don’t know why he didn’t do this earlier.

terryannonline on January 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Rethuglikkkan – classic.

spinny on January 5, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Even lefty sites that think he’s “whip-smart” have had enough.

This is so typical of liberals.
They fawn and brag and go on and on and on about how “great and smart” their elected leaders and MSM activists are only to watch them crash and burn like the true narcissistic idiots that they truly are.
How many years did we see Olberman trotted around by liberals on TV show after TV show….quoted on newscasts….and quoted on blogs as some great liberal icon to smart for those Conservative peasants.
How many years did Conservatives laugh and condemn this blowhard for being nothing more than a cut and paste propagandist who never had a real opposing view on his show and would get caught in lie after lie after lie.

Now he can’t even make it on a far left channel run by Al Gore.
More people have watched the You Tube Super Bowl Volkswagon/Darth Vader commercial than have watched his show the whole time it has been on air.

Olbermann is and will always be nothing more than a blow hard douche bag….
….not the great liberal MSM leader that liberals made him out to be.

Next thing you know…liberals will be trying to convince Americans that a failed community organizer whose biggest accomplishments are writing to books about himself would make a great President…..
………..oh wait.

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2012 at 10:46 PM

As former Governor Jon Huntswoman said “Who cares?” – Oh wait! That was yesterday, different pampered, but senile guy.
Is it a requirement of the stockholders of Current TV to go out and recruit liberal losers? I see they hired our Jennifer Granholm.That gypsy, was the worst Governor in Michigan…since oxen pulled carts!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I’m breathless awaiting his final decision.

Mason on January 5, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I read the first paragraph, scrolled down, and thought, “That’s an awfully long post for a has been.”

boomer on January 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Is anyone else thinking publicity stunt. Keith hasn’t been in the news much and his ratings are in the toilet.

meci on January 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

About the only career option Olberman has left would be a part in the remake of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He could even market his own fashion line,of straight jackets.

CTimbo on January 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Does anyone really care?

No.

Tim_CA on January 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Olby’s a passive-aggressive diva? Whodda thunk it.

Fallon on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

His mom?

Dollayo on January 6, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Boston Globe endorses him as #1 anchor.

hillsoftx on January 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Which speaks volumes about the Boston Globe.

squint on January 6, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Gotta desperately try to stay relevant somehow. It’s either this or a sex tape and I don’t even think Olbermann wants to see an Olbermann sex tape.

Cyhort on January 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

one of my dad’s favorite anchors

*shaking the head*

cmsinaz on January 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM

*sympathetic frown*

Want a Dr. Pepper or something? Cookie? I don’t have much, but …

clayj on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Be careful. This kind of statement can get you banned.

andy85719 on January 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, and for good reason. I had mixed feelings about even posting my comment above, and all I was talking about was letting out some frustrations on a piece of paper.

peski on January 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

1) Saying if he catches fire, I won’t put him out — is different from saying I’d like to set him on fire. If you see what I mean :)

2) Hyperbole is good, which is what you were after anyway, but you stopped short because you left it in the realm of possibility. You stopped at the place where it wasn’t possible for you, but you needed to push it into the realm of not-possible for anyone. Ex: I’d like to land the Tardis on his ***.

3) You could just not wish him harm at all :) I know, I know, just sayin’.

– As far as Olberman — I don’t want to spend another minute on that guy.

Axe on January 6, 2012 at 4:34 AM

Washes out of here where does he go? Down to Radio Shack for a crystal radio kit.

curved space on January 6, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Why must we be reminded of this dolt . . . I had nearly forgotten about this pile of goat dung and then he pops up on HA.

rplat on January 6, 2012 at 6:33 AM

If you are going to start mentioning a nothing network like Current TV, then why not GBTV? Oh, that’s right, its run based on paid subscriptions… and outdrew MSNBC on its opening program.

So sorry.

You only want media disasters as threads, not media success stories.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 6:41 AM

All three Current TV viewers may go on strike and watch Teletubbies 24/7.

Annar on January 6, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Better headline might be:

Current TV Won’t Tell Where Channel is Located.
- Insider Says “They Don’t Know”

TugboatPhil on January 6, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Menopause has been tough on Olby. The cranky drama queen gets no sympathy.

NumberTwo on January 6, 2012 at 7:19 AM

52,000 viewers? And he’s probably their main draw.

The channel cannot possibly be financially viable with that kind of number. They should just rebrand as Soros Network News.

CorporatePiggy on January 6, 2012 at 7:38 AM

I apologize for my harsher-than-required comment. Certainly don’t want to get banned.

clayj on January 6, 2012 at 8:12 AM

How can we miss Bathtub Boy if he won’t go away?

ZK on January 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM

In a bathtub, at a secret location, KO plots his next move!

JohnnyMojo on January 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I still say that if there was one sole single person on this planet who was born to do color commentary on WWE RAW, it is Olby!

They could even create a storyline around him that ends every week with him getting choke slammed into the canvas by The Big Show!

Just that alone would send WWE’s ratings through the ceiling!

pilamaye on January 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Does Olbermann come from old money or win the lottery? You can’t act like this repeatedly if you need to work for a living.

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

The really sad thing is that there are no meds available for Narcicistic Character Disorder.

This drama parallels the palpable levels of anxiety and tension our country experienced a couple of months ago every Tuesday and Wednesday nights wondering whether or when Nancy Grace was going to be eliminated from The Great National Freak Show Dancing with the Stars.

It’s killing me.

molonlabe28 on January 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You mean to say that Olby is on TV on a channel called Current TV? I’ve never heard of Current TV.

SC.Charlie on January 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

He had a series of multi-million dollar contracts over the years.

Why he never used that fact as a clear indictment of capitalism is a mystery to me.

IlikedAUH2O on January 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oldermann is a typical leftist – which means he’s a whiny b!tch. “Look at me, Me, ME!”

This a$$klown should be the poster child for the Democrat Party.

And by the way folks, any time you see the Democrat Party referred to as the “Democratic” Party, it’s a deliberate ploy of the Democrat Party and their Mainstream Media lapdogs to make people subliminally think that they are the party of fairness and democracy.

For a perfect illustration of my argument, just look at their insidious theft of the traditional Red vs Blue imagery for their “Red” state Republican vs “Blue” state Democrat imagery – militarily it’s always been Blue (us) vs Red (the enemy).

Look at this way – Republican Party and Democrat Party —-> “I’m a Republican” and “I’m a Democrat”. But if we were to buy into the far-left’s subliminal propaganda scheme, the logical end result would be “I’m a Republican” and “I’m a Democratic”.

That dawg don’t hunt!

CatchAll on January 6, 2012 at 7:39 PM