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Keith Olbermann Wants Rachel Maddow on Current TV

Keith Olbermann
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Keith Olbermann

"I have not watched MSNBC for more than five minutes since I left it," he said.

Keith Olbermann's new show on Current debuts Monday but the former MSNBC host made some interesting requests during his media blitz.

During an appearance on Thursday's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Olbermann said that he would like to see MSNBC's Rachel Maddow come over to Current once her contract is up.

The Huffington Post reports that that move would "please" one of Olbermann's contributors to Countdown, DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas.

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Moulitsas has been quoted as saying Olbermann and Maddow are "the two most significant progressive voices on television" in an email to The Huffington Post. He said Current "will have a network that isn't afraid to piss off the corporate masters at GE or Comcast."

Moulitsas said, "I just hope we can see Maddow make the jump to Current when her contract with MSNBC expires."

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Joel Hyatt, Current's executive vice chairman, told the Huffington Post that he hopes to have a companion show with Countdown later this year and hopefully another by early 2012.

"We have a chance to play a significant role in election coverage," Hyatt says. There is talk of David Shuster at MSNBC as a likely host.

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Olbermann also noted that he hasn't been watching cable news, including his former colleagues at MSNBC, who he wil now be competing with. "I have not watched MSNBC for more than five minutes since I left it," he said.

Olbermann's segment on Late Night begins at 15:52 mark: