And that appears to be that. As many people may have noticed, Keith Olbermann has been consistently absent from Current TV of late, and now word has come down that he is no longer going to be there. Olbermann has been fired from Current TV.
He has been replaced by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.
Animosity between Olbermann and Gore has been the subject of rumors for some time now. This is not the first time that Olbermann has been fired from a job.
A statement from Current signed by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt reads:
To the Viewers of Current:
We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before. Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.
In recent years, Olbermann’s attacks have become more and more vicious and even downright horrible. They had become not unlike those on the Right such as Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh, and many on the Left had started to feel that his attacks were far from acceptable. The decision to replace Olbermann is not surprising, but is somewhat troubling for the network which has been trying to turn itself into an alternative to FOX and MSNBC.
Spitzer’s Viewpoints will begin forthwith.
Here is Keith Olbermann’s statement:
I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.
Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.
It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain.
In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.