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Keith Olbermann Opens Up About Leaving MSNBC And Joining Current TV

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Now that Keith Olbermann has his new show Countdown and is bringing together his contributors, he seems to be in a pret-ty secure position, and has finally decided to open up about leaving MSNBC and joining Current TV

Here are a couple of the reasons that Olbermann gives for joining Current TV:

- He got a pay raise from $7 million to $10 million/year
- He has has been named chief news officer for Current TV, and has been given an equity stake in the network

And here's more from Olbermann on his move from MSNBC to Current TV:

"It's been fascinating, to see the assumption that this is some sort of bizarre move for me. I have achieved what I wanted to achieve. I'm better off at some sort of independent place where they not only like what I produce but also trust me to be the one to produce it."

And here's Olbermann on how he got into MAJOR TROUBLE at NBC by gossiping about Jeff Zucker during the Comcast merger:

"There was a lot of speculation about what would happen. One surprisingly accurate bit of speculation on every floor of the building was, 'I betcha they don't keep Jeff.' And apparently he heard that I had said this. I was there and I was a convenient punching bag and everybody would believe everything they said about me. And so off I went."

Sorry to hear about the drama, but def sounds like Keith's move from MSNBC to Current TV was a positive one in quite a few ways. More money, more power, AND more creative freedom? Sounds good to us!

What do U think about Keith's reasons for moving to Current TV after MSNBC? Would U do the same thing?

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7 comments to “Keith Olbermann Opens Up About Leaving MSNBC And Joining Current TV”



  1. 1

    Keith is great. Glad for him.



  2. 2

    Olbermann is a coward.



  3. 3

    olbermann rules, zucker drools



  4. 4

    What a jerk



  5. 5

    Keith,
    I think you are brilliant, but please try to have a kinder heart. Not to say that you shouldn't report the news (or truth) as it happens, just remember that you can get a whole lot more flies with honey than vinegar. (not that you are interested in gathering flies)



  6. 6

    He is going to get more money then the companies worth?
    He is going to a chaneel no one gets and his show will get less rating that what he had on MSNBC
    This will last a year the the media whore will be crawling back to basic cable



  7. 7

    I think he deserves this upgrade…now to get Cox cable to carry the Current Channel!!!!