You’ve heard right, Keith Olbermann was fired from Current TV today and the news was mostly broken on Twitter. Mr. Olbermann has released his own statements on his Twitter account in short statements and using the service Twitlonger. Joel Hyatt and former Vice President Al Gore are the executives at Current TV and they’ve released their statement too as to why they fired Keith Olbermann.
The show that Current TV cancelled was the prime-time show “Countdown” by Keith Olberman. The replacement for the show is New York governor and former CNN show anchor Eliot Spitzer. The exact statement at Current.com states, “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.”
The letter was signed by Joel Hyatt & Al Gore Current’s Founders. Their entire letter can be read here which describes the new prime-time show that will replace Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” now that he has been fired. Firing Keith Olbermann sparked a lot Twitter chatter among viewers who were sad to see him fired and also viewers that felt it was time for him to go.
Even thought he media & Keith Olbermann started talking about the firing today, the offical firing took place Thursday morning when a letter was delivered to Mr. Olbermann’s agent, Nick Khan. One piece that isn’t being talked about too much is the part in the letter that states the firing was due to, “Mr. Olbermann’s serial, material breach of his contract, including the failure to show up at work (Unauthorized Absences); sabotaging the network (Failure To Promote); and attacking Current and its executives (Disparagement).”
According to Mediaite.com their sources have stated that Keith Olberman missed 19 out of 41 workign days. The pay for Mr. Olbermann was said to be around $50,000 per episode of Countdown which came to a total payout of two-million dollars in the contract. Some of the days Mr. Olbermann missed were some of the biggest political days like the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary.
Keith Olberman’s offical statement released by his Twitter account & Twitlonger at @keitholbermann is as follows:
“My full 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. http://nyti.ms/HueZsa
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.”
After the release of those tweets jokes were made and passed around Twitter which soon became popular and retweeted. One of the most popular was a tongue in cheek joke made by Andy Levy when he tweeted: @andylevy: After being fired yet again, I now realize that I must look within myself to figure out why this keeps happening” – Keith Olbermann.
“After being fired yet again, I now realize that I must look within myself to figure out why this keeps happening” – Keith Olbermann #jklol
— Andy Levy (@andylevy) March 30, 2012
It remains to be seen what Keith Olbermann’s next direction is in his career. For now it seems like he will have to dig down deep and figure out how to convince other media conglomerates that he can show up to work.
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