Only too happy to oblige, Keith!
But unlike the bi-polar anti-hero of the heroically bi-polar Paddy Chayefsky’s masterpiece Keith has come back from having “meddled with the primal forces of nature.”
“Former MSNBC talk show host Keith Olbermann announced via Twitter today that he is becoming “Chief News Officer” at Current TV, the low-rated public affairs channel cofounded by former Vice President Al Gore.
Wrote Olbermann: “And awayyyyyy we go!”
Olbermann will host what Current calls a “Major New Nightly Primetime News and Commentary Show” on weeknights on Current. The network hailed the former sportscaster for his “slashing wit, analytical eye, and distinctive commentary.”
The show is set to start in 2011, though a date was not specified.
In a Current release announcing the news, Olbermann had this to say: “Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference.”
Olbermann abruptly quit his primetime MSNBC show, “Countdown,” last month amid reports of an acrimonious relationship with the station’s management. He was suspended last year for having made donations to political candidates.
An unapologetic liberal who often targeted prominent conservatives as “the worst person in the world” on his MSNBC show, Olbermann will bring a boost of visibility to Current. The network, which says it reaches 75 million households worldwide, originated five years ago in large part as a showcase for video submissions from its viewers. It now features both original and acquired series (among them reruns of Showtime’s “This American Life”) but remains little known to many Americans. Olbermann will have an equity stake in the company.”
Clearly this return was in the cards.
What will Glenn Beck say? Isn’t that obvious?
Can’t wait for Keith to get together with the Infomania gang, especially the peerless Bryan Safi
Fun, fun, fun!
Christian Bale and the boys will sing us out.