Liberal talk show host Keith Olbermann changed car services eight times in the year he was at Current TV, complaining his chauffeurs ‘smelled’ and even ‘talked to him’ in the car, according to reports. Oh, the horror.
The left-leaning network founded by former presidential candidate Al Gore, fired Olbermann, it’s biggest star and the host of its signature program, last week for breach of contract.
Sources close to the TV channel have begun leaking claims about Olbermann’s behavior that give hints about why the host of ‘Countdown’ was given the ax.
Olbermann has promised to sue the station after it cut short his five-year, $50 million contract. He fought back against the firing, saying Current didn’t make good on its ‘promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program.’
Mediaite cited anonymous sources as it reported that Olbermann had Current staffers change his car service eight times since he began work at the network last February.
Olbermann, who cannot drive, complained that some of the drivers ‘smelled.’ Others ‘talked to him.’
The network publicly cited unauthorized absences, failing to promote Current-TV, and disparaging the company and its executives as its public reasons for cutting ties.
Among the other gripes are claims, from Mediaite’s source, that the network built a $250,000 custom-designed set for Olbermann’s signature show. When the set had lighting trouble in December, Olbermann told the crew he wouldn’t use it anymore.
He also instructed guest hosts not to use the set, either.
Olbermann also refused to allow the network to promote the show when he wasn’t hosting it and prohibited the staff from sending out tweets when he was absent, according to Mediate.
Olbermann left MSNBC in January 2011 after the network declined to renew his contract. Some have speculated that this was a result of his suspension for making undisclosed donations to three Democratic Congressional candidates in 2010.
Shortly after he left, Current-TV, a newly-launched liberal TV news channel, hired Olbermann as its prime time star.
With Olbermann’s departure, Current announced it had hired client number 9, disgraced former New York Gov Eliot Spitzer to replace him.
Attribution: Mail Online