Keith Olbermann Slams Current TV Over Firing; Threatens Legal Action
The "Countdown" host was fired from the network and will be replaced by a new program with Eliot Spitzer.
Shortly after Current founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt confirmed that the network had parted ways with Keith Olbermann, the Countdown host has fired back in a statement of his own.
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.
Editor’s note: Clarence B. Cain won a discrimination suit against Joel Hyatt’s Hyatt Legal Services Inc. in 1990. A federal judge ruled that Cain was illegally removed as head of the company’s Philadelphia office after his superiors learned that Cain had AIDS.