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Keith Olbermann's Last Straw At Current TV Revealed!

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Keith Olbermann firing details

Keith Olbermann was fired from Current TV last Thursday, but it turns out this ugly split was pretty much inevitable. The tension between the news anchor and network executives has been pretty thick for quite some time and sources are revealing the straw that finally broke the camel's back.

On top of lacking "values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty," Olbermann was fired for “material, serial breach of contract.” Current TV alleges he had missed 19 of 41 work days between January and February — an issue which culminated on Monday, March 5.

After missing so many days, the man behind the political personality worth $50 million asked to take a vacation day on the 5th, which was the day before the Super Tuesday GOP primaries. As a result, he was denied the request and the company said he'd be in breach of contract if he did decided to take it.

Well, Olbermann decided to take it off anyway. Although he was back in the office in time to cover the primaries on March 6th, the network execs decided enough was enough. The rest is history, but the future looks like "a very expensive and ugly legal battle."

With a high profile employee taking legal action for wrongful termination, Current has enlisted in the legal team that advised the Clintons during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals.

It sounds like the network had good reason to fire Olbermann, but he's pretty outraged about it so maybe there are still more pertinent details in this developing story. Are U on Team Olbermann or Team Current?

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9 comments to “Keith Olbermann's Last Straw At Current TV Revealed!”

  1. LoriC says – reply to this


    Just goes to show you what big tits can do: Robin Meade of HLN is "on assignment" and "off" more than Olberman ever was or could be! (This coming from a die hard Conservative…)

  2. 2

    both sides need some cheese with that over abundance of whine

  3. 3

    Olbermann is a loud-mouthed asshole with a grossly inflated idea of his own worth. Is his "political personality" worth $50 million? Not of MY money. This is his second high-profile termination, and it seems pretty clear to me that he doesn't play well with others. He's not so great that he should expect to get paid gobs of money for not showing up; he's paid to do a job, and that means he's expected to go to work. What a greedy, lazy asshole.

  4. 4

    May they destroy each other!

  5. 5

    r u sure he wasn't called on sexual harassment? I hear he is a real bad harasser.

  6. TinaD says – reply to this


    I still think he's funny. Shouldn't have taken so much time off.

  7. Peter says – reply to this


    The country needs a show like Countdown; but it seems clear to me that Keith would be wise to humble up; the world revolves around no one person.

  8. plunkster says – reply to this


    Re: LoriC

    Not applicable here. Olbermann's hooters might sag but they are quite ample.

  9. 9

    I like Olbermann, but if this story is true, he's been fired twice now. That looks to be on him. And they had to know they'd have a huge fight on their hands over the firing, and still did it anyway. You've got to be super-pissed to take on a battle like that.