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From a conservative point of view, watching the fight between Keith Olbermann and Current TV is a classic case of Evil versus Evil. And the fight just got a little more entertaining, now that Current TV has decided to sue Olbermann back after he decided to file suit against them yesterday. And unlike Olbermann’s suit, which essentially appeared to amount to Olbermann being insulted, the Current countersuit has some interesting details about Olbermann’s work habits. The LA Times reports:
In a court filing Friday, the network attacked the liberal opinion-maker as “arrogant” and “immature” and said that he had failed to show up for nearly half of his recent workdays. The papers were a response to Olbermann’s $70-million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed Thursday against Current, which hired him as its star last year but dismissed him in late March after months of turmoil.
Current said it doesn’t have to “pay a dime” to Olbermann, “who, having already been paid handsomely for showing up sporadically and utterly failing to keep his end of the bargain, now seeks to be paid tens of millions more for not working at all.” The papers also point out that Olbermann told David Letterman, “I screwed up” at Current during a TV appearance this week.[...]
“[H]e arrogantly and falsely calls ‘cheap’ the company that has paid him the highest compensation he had ever received in his career, provided him the largest staff of any program he had ever anchored, given him the largest studio and custom-designed set on which he had ever worked, and paid over $50,000 in an eight-month period to eight different limousine companies because none of the previous seven were able to meet his patrician standards for how to drive him around New York City,” the papers say.
Olbermann’s attorney has dismissed the filing, though it will not do much good for Olbermann in the court of public opinion.
Despite being the alleged equivalent of a $10 million chandelier who couldn’t fit into Current TV’s dingy little house, Keith Olbermann certainly isn’t ashamed to ask for more money from that supposedly amateurish operation. TMZ reports that Olbermann will sue Current TV for “wrongful termination” in the following brief blurb:
Keith filed the lawsuit moments ago in L.A. County Superior Court — claiming he was wrongfully terminated from the network last Friday.
Al Gore — the network’s co-founder — released a statement after firing Olbermann, claiming Keith had been disrespectful and disloyal to viewers.
Olbermann fired back — claiming the network was a “ragtag operation” that couldn’t afford him anyway.
Details presumably will be forthcoming. Weigh in below as to whether you think Gore or Olbermann could be in the right.
Former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann compared himself to a $10 million chandelier in talking about his recent ouster from Al Gore’s Current TV. Mediate caught the appearance and summed it up this way:
On the heels of his firing from Current TV, formerCountdown host Keith Olbermann makes his mildly-ballyhooed first appearance on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman. In a preview clip, Olbermann rehashes his passive-aggressive “It was my fault for not knowing everybody but me sucks” apology, and compared himself to “a $10 million chandelier” that Current TV “should have a house to put it in.”[...]
It looks more like Olbermann never really gave the new gig a shot. He liked the idea of being a big fish in a little pond, until he saw just how little the pond was (in part because the pond broke the bank to land him). Then, when Cenk Uygur started beating his ass with younger viewers, it turned out he wasn’t even such a big fish. Although Uygur just started beating Olbermann in the 25-54 demo last Monday, he had been showing Olbermann up with younger viewers than that for months.
Although it was Current who pulled the plug, Olbermann’s set histrionics, scheduling shenanigans, and extensive absences make it pretty clear he had checked out, like an overpaid free agent who suddenly decides he doesn’t like playing for an expansion team, but can’t get out of his contract. Olbermann told Letterman “The nice judge will decide whether or not I get more of my money,” but it’s hard to see what kind of a case he’ll have.
The segment can be watched in full below. See what you think of Olbermann’s “too good for this sinful earth” explanation:
MSNBC has also added a recap of the segment, and it doesn’t paint Olbermann in much of a better light:
Olbermann continued: “I didn’t say, ‘You know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in. Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good, and it’s not going to do any good to the chandelier.’ And then it turned out we didn’t have a lot to put the house on to put the chandelier in, or a building permit, and I, I should have known that. And it is, it is my fault at heart.” [...]
“But I went home and just sort of had a conversation with myself and said, ‘Look, these – the two important groups that are more important than what I do about myself – the audience who went to struggle to find where the network was and join me, and, most importantly, the staff’,” he said, adding later, “I’m so proud of [the staff] because the show editorially was never better, but I let them down because the thing didn’t continue.”[...]
Olbermann and Letterman also discussed the matter of Olbermann’s unhappiness over car service issues.
“The story is that we changed car services a couple times. I got rid of them. Maybe there were like eight different car services,” Olbermann told Letterman after the talk show host asked about a story that said he was upset about how the transportation was handled at his former employer. “The problem that’s left out of that side of the story was that in at least one occasion, the car service stopped coming to get me because the bill hadn’t been paid. And I know that makes me Attila the Hun because the bill wasn’t paid.”