Keith Olbermann to Host Online Show for GQ

"The first piece should be about 16 minutes long," says Olbermann. "It's a comment. It's special. It's a kind of special comment."
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Since he left ESPN last year, Keith Olbermann has for the most part used his Twitter feed to air his views about a certain Republican presidential candidate. Beginning Tuesday morning, Sept. 13, Olbermann will be delivering that commentary for GQ.

The Closer With Keith Olbermann will bow at 8 a.m. on GQ.com.

"The first piece should be about 16 minutes long," Olbermann tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's a comment. It's special. It's a kind of special comment."

Of course, special comment was a signature of Olbermann's MSNBC show Countdown, which grew out of the host's opposition to George W. Bush's War in Iraq. During the current presidential campaign — and since he left ESPN last year — he also has aired his frustrations with Donald Trump and the way his candidacy is being covered via several guest columns. He asked in Vanity Fair if Trump could pass a sanity test. And he penned a column for THR, in which he accused the mainstream media of being soft of Trump.

"If he is scheduled to do 20 Trump town halls for you between now and the election, thus saving you about a month's worth of production costs for your average cable news show (a million or two, depending on how much you pay your meat puppet), you don't examine what's going on inside of a man who could first pretend to be his own media spokesman, then boast about his own sexual conquests in the third person, then admit the deception to a reporter, then again admit it on the legal record, then deny it on national television, then when pressed about it by the Washington Post simply hang up the phone," Olbermann wrote.

The media's approach to Trump has received additional scrutiny since NBC's Matt Lauer was strenuously criticized for what was perceived as less-than-thorough questioning of Trump during NBC News' Commander-in-Chief Forum on Sept. 7.

Additionally, Olbermann will also serve as a special correspondent for GQ. He continues to lend his voice to the Netflix animated show BoJack Horseman, having just wrapped production on season four. And he tells THR he also has some one-off sports projects in the pipeline.

Olbermann is repped by Todd Christopher at Gersh.

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