Keith Olbermann Out at ESPN
For the fourth time in his career, inflammatory sportscaster and friend of the site Keith Olbermann has been forced out of a job. As first reported by ESPN authority Jim Miller, ESPN decided not to renew Olbermann’s contract, which is set to expire on July 31.
ESPN channeled its inner-Silas Redd and called the split a “business decision” in a statement released this afternoon:
“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN. While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”
Such “business decisions” are nothing new to Olbermann. He was forced out of ESPN for the first time in 1997 after criticizing one of his colleagues. He was fired from MSNBC in 2010 after he made donations to political campaigns to candidates he regularly featured on his program without informing his employer. He was fired from Current TV in 2012 for what the network called a relationship with Olbermann that no longer reflected “values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty.”
Meanwhile, in Happy Valley…