Yesterday was April Fool’s Day, a deliciously evil day of sadistic humors and hi-jinx honoring the patron saint of fools, Sarah Palin. But seriously, it’s really just an excuse to put cellophane over the toilet and await your room-mate to make a nasty mess. And even our favorite former cable news hosts were jumping in on the April Fool’s Day bandwagon.
Two days after announcing his dramatic termination from Current TV, Keith Olbermann used his new-found unemployment to team with hip-hop mogul Russel Simmons on a rather bizarre April Fool’s Day joke that has just the right amount of plausibility to fool many.
Referring to news that Mr. Olbermann would be the new CEO of Simmons’ Global Grind, “Mr Olbermann will bring years of experience to a company that has seen historical growth in traffic and revenue over the past twelve months. He will resume his duties immediately,” the site wrote in a joking press release, with Simmons adding, “It gives me great pleasure that Keith will be joining our team and I know that he will make our company better. I think he has even agreed to go vegan and do yoga with me on a daily basis. Keith is a genius and he will make GlobalGrind bigger than it has ever been.” (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
Joining in on the facetitous prank, Olberman tweeted: “I plan extensive coverage of Rihanna‘s engagement AND Drew Smyly being named 5th starter for Detroit for my boss @UncleRush at @GlobalGrind” and adding, “Also @UncleRush and I will be doing daily James Thurber readings and remixes.” (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
But getting back to more serious matters.
On the day of Olbermann’s firing from Current and on the same day where disgraced former NY Governor, Eliot Spitzer, was oddly named his replacement, Keith articulated to his viewers and fans his intentions of suing Al Gore, the founder and CEO of Current TV.
Here was Keith’s full response:
“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.” (Source:Fox News)
The New York Observer reported that Spitzer had been in talks with Current for some time.
Mr. Olbermann has been terminated from so many different networks that this writer suggested he join Glenn Beck in a new reality tv show called Cable News Survivor. It’s to early to say what will come of Mr. Olbermann’s legal battle with Current, but irrespective of what you think of the loquacious and oftentimes blowhard talk show host, he did give the world Rachel Maddow.
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