Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated its relationship with its lead anchor Keith Olbermann, scarcely one year after he was hired to reboot the channel in his progressive political image.
Mr. Olbermann will not be given an opportunity to sign off. Starting Friday night, the former New York governor Eliot Spitzer will replace him at 8 p.m., according to the letter to viewers. His program will be titled “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.”
The decision to dismiss Mr. Olbermann was unanimous among the senior managers of Current, according to a person familiar with the matter.
It came after months of infighting between the famously temperamental Mr. Olbermann and his bosses at Current, including David Bohrman, the channel’s president, and Joel Hyatt, its chief executive. The fighting spilled out into public view last January after Mr. Olbermann declined Current’s requests to host special hours of election coverage, apparently out of frustration about technical difficulties that had plagued his 8 p.m. program, “Countdown.”
Friday, March 30, 2012
More good news: Olbermann canned by Current TV
Television is once again an Olbermann-free zone! The vile liberal commentator has been canned by Current TV.