Current TV announced Friday that they have fired Keith Olbermann and will be replacing him with Eliot Spitzer
After being fired from his show on MSNBC, Olbermann moved his show “Countdown” to Current TV in June of 2011 and described the network as “the model truth-seeking entity” in television, and said that his new show was “the most exciting event in my career.”
Current TV released this statement on Friday about their decision:
To the Viewers of Current:
We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.
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.
We’re very excited to announce that beginning tonight, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will host “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Eliot is a veteran public servant and an astute observer of the issues of the day. He has important opinions and insights and he relishes the kind of constructive discourse that our viewers will appreciate this election year. We are confident that our viewers will be able to count on Governor Spitzer to deliver critical information on a daily basis.
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.
According to Dylan Byers of Politico, Olbermann had been asked to be the sole anchor and executive producer of the 2012 Iowa caucus and primary coverage in January and he declined. As a result, rumors surfaced about possible tension with the anchor and his employer.
Details of what exactly happened in this recent decison are unclear other than once again, he’s angered those he works for.
Olbermann is a passionate, liberal man. Like so many Americans, he is disgusted and outraged with the what’s going on in this country. He has strong, emotional opinions and isn’t afraid to express them.
Some critics argue that Olbermann has become too angry. Some don’t like his “ego.” Whether you love or hate him, Olbermann loves his country and isn’t afraid to show his raw emotion.