Alleged details surrounding Keith Olbermann’s Friday dismissal from Current TV are beginning to depict the man as quite a prima donna. According to Mediaite, a source at Current TV said the former Countdown host went through eight different car services while working at the network, complaining that the drivers “smelled” and “talked to him.”

Furthermore, though Olbermann’s $250,000 studio was built to his exact specifications, he allegedly refused to use the set when there were lighting problems back in December. Not only that, but he refused to let guest hosts use the elaborate studio.

Current TV is also claiming that Olbermann refused to publicize the network and the show when he wasn’t hosting his program (and he took about half of January and February off). They say he even barred his staff from sending out related Twitter updates, and prevented guest hosts from promoting the show. (Jealous that they would get better ratings, perhaps?) Keith Olbermann responded: “The claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue.” He added that the network didn’t keep its “promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program.”

Perhaps “quality” for Olbermann means eight different car services, but Mediaite notes that the network is “no worse off without him, and a good deal more flush.”

  1. sargasso_c says:

    When my limo driver talks to me, I talk right back at him.

  2. Mextli: ABO says:

    Glad to see him go. Sorry to see him replaced by another loser loon.

  3. msbpodcast says:

    Who gives a fuck?

    He’s just another (shrinking) big media douche…

    He’s been tossed aside like a used condom when his drawing power got too small.

    Who cares?

  4. jpfitz says:

    Most of the drivers do smell bad. The truth can be stinky.

  5. msbpodcast says:

    I just noticed the sign: “lost my viewer“.

    Singular, Haw haw. LMFAO.

  6. BigBoyBC says:

    The prima donna doth protest too much, methinks.

  7. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior Social Critic says:

    Thats too bad. I like Keith, his presentation, humor, facts, point of view, politics. Good fair and balanced news reviewer. LOVE the “Who Is the Worst Man Today” feature. More fact based specific event reviews like that are needed. Don’t like either of the two new shows–Grandhome (sp?) and the talk radio format–what a waste of time. Who in the hell listens to Rush enough repeat times to give him a following????

    Ha, ha. “Popular” because the retards all like you?===Give me a break.

  8. Glenn E. says:

    Wondering why we’re not seeing the bad side if O’Reilly here, as much? Maybe because it’s not so hard to believe he’s all bad ass. I’ve seen some pretty rant clip of his time on Inside Edition. Talk about being a jerk off the air. He screamed at the cue card guy for making him flub his words. Moron.

  9. NewfornatSux says:

    I’m sure Current wouldn’t care about these things if he were delivering the ratings. They offered $10 million a year of Al Gore’s money for his services. Make him spend it all Keith!

  10. deowll says:

    If you don’t deliver an audience you go…eventually. It appears even most of his fellow liberals lost all interest in him.

  11. Dan says:

    Fox News next stop.

  12. observer says:

    Olbermann has always been a typical self-absorbed media douchebag, but come on, are you really gonna trust what Current TV has to say in this situation? As an example, Current TV is harping about spending $250k on a studio. That’s peanuts! Leo Laporte says his TWIT studio cost over a million and a half.

    • mharry860 says:

      Glenn Beck spent 3 million on his New York studio he just walked away from, probably all that union labor.

  13. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior Social Critic says:

    What I find interesting is how the content of the various shows doesn’t change at MSNBC when the regular host is not there to read the script. Same thing at Current TV with Olberman’s show anyway. Keith does deliver his material better than the newer wanna-bes. Same with Rachel Maddow’s show. Haven’t noticed it as much with the other shows BUT–initially “the star” provides an approach and attitude, selects a staff to research and put the show together, lather/repeat and anyone can come in and read the scripts. Fun to catch the ab lids or spontaneous responses.

    When I was in Big Business I submitted cost/travel reports that were bare minimum. Usually just air fare and hotel maybe a dinner or two, no alcohol. I saw senior exex after senior exec get fired for filing false/inappropriate expense reports: always a pretext for the real reason. But when they have you cold, in writing, including a gift for the wife, or an extra meal for a friend, they don’t need to reveal their own dirty laundry to get rid of you.

    I have no doubt Keith did whatever and that he got fired for something else. He’s a smart guy though, fired enough times to have figured this out for himself. Tired of being on camera? Ready to move on to Phase 4?

    something is up, and its not Pedro’s IQ.

  14. NewfornatSux says:

    MSNBC so obviously biased, ad then he went to a more biased network.

  15. The0ne says:

    Oberman thinks way too highly of himself. Watching me makes me want to puke. Coincidentally, Boobo is exactly the same type of person but worse in the sense that he loves to show off with flashy words LMAO

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior Social Critic says:

      Flashy? …… Honestly–THAT has never been my attempt. And I would hope when I’m just having fun with them that that enjoyment is obvious?

      All I do do from time to time is to post what I first think and not dumb it down.

      You do recognize you can’t see a flash except from out of the darkness?

      You do recognize what the darkness would be?—Say Pedro==could you have your donkey take a step forward?

      Ha, ha. Flashy. Thats my nugget for April.

      Thank you One. Now for that train load of bananas entering the tunnel blowing its whistle……..whoo, whoo!!!!

    • ugly, constipated, and mean says:

      Watching me makes me want to puke.

      Watching you makes everybody else want to puke too.

  16. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    “Watching me makes me want to puke.”
    Slip of the Freudian tongue?

  17. Glenn E. says:

    I have to believe this firing has more to do with the upcoming election. Olbermann might have tipped voters the wrong way. Or posed the wrong questions, at the wrong time. The insiders can’t afford a slightly loose cannon, firing off, at a critical moment of voter disinformation and confusion.

    This isn’t the only show or host cancellation to occur at the convenience of party politics. I remember an irreverent Tv series called “That My Bush”, on Comedy Central. It lasted 8 episodes. And then was canceled because they say it cost too much. Well Seinfeld cost way too much, and they kept right on making it. So this strikes me as another lame excuse to dump a series that made Republicans uneasy. It was aired in spring of 2001, well before 9-11. So it probably wouldn’t have had a 2nd season anyway. The series creators originally thought they’d be doing a show called “Everybody Loves Al”. Because they were sure Gore would win. Now we know where “Everybody Loves Raymond” got its show title from.

    I also find it interesting that “24” was canceled in 2010, after running so long to prove there really are terrorists everywhere in the USA. But apparently it’s not going to be around to help decide the 2012 election. A “24” movie has been “pushed back” to 2013. Three years is a long time to delay a Tv to feature movie franchise transition. It’s fans are likely to move on, by then. But apparently, profit is not as much a concern to Hollywood, as we’re lead to believe. Politics trumps ticket sales.

    Then there’s ABC’s new Tv series, coming this April 5th, called “Scandal”. Set (guess where) the White House. While it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the Obama’s. It does sound like it may be revisiting the Clinton years. So in its not so subtle way, ABC Tv is picking on the Democrat’s presidential legacy.
    Just prior to the 2012 election. Nice timing. The main character is a black female scandal “fixer”. Who may be made up to be very “Michelle” like. Coincidence?

    NBC is also putting Sarah Palin in as a co-host of its morning show. Some networks’ hosts thought this was an April Fools Joke. Or rather hoped it was. But nope, it’s real. Palin already rants on the Fox Channel as a “political analyst”. That’s setting the bar pretty low, for job skills, don’t you think? So we can probably expect Palin to mouth off what she “thinks” of Obama. While they mussel her from saying anything bad about Romney or Jeb Bush.

    Dallas is finally coming back, this summer on TNT, to help put a family friendly dynasty face on the big oil cabal. I never thought I see a show return so long from the grave, just because OIL was involved. But apparently that’s enough, for the Tv execs and Ted Turner. And who knows how its character portrayals will help Romney or Jeb, in the upcoming election. You can be sure there won’t be any oil rich black millionaires, in the show. If any blacks at all, besides the Ewing’s slaves, er, staff.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I have no idea what Mr. Olbermann’s credentials are, or his history, or anything. I just know I don’t like him. Now I have good reason to not like him – he’s a snob!

    Nevertheless, maybe Mr. Olbermann might make a good running mate for Mitt Romney. After all, they BOTH seem to understand “the common man” and the problems common men encounter. And they BOTH seem to know everything about how to make businesses grow which in turn stimulate the economy too! (Look up “sarcasm” if you can’t read between the lines here.)

  19. SPOCK says:

    keith… you’re rich… exit media spotlight…
    move to hawaii… buy a cozy place in the
    rainforest or near the beach… and relax

  20. John S says:

    The guy suffers from swollen ego problems. I feel sorry for him because the world will never think of him as being as important as he does. How does his family put up with his BS?

  21. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior Social Critic says:

    I see Current TV now has an hour show with Eliot Spitzer. Thats a good thing. I still prefer Keith, but Eliot comes awful close for different reasons. More like having pita bread rather than a burrito.

  22. NewfornatSux says:

    Most limousine liberals are happy with their car and driver.

  23. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior Social Critic says:

    The0ne says:
    4/2/2012 at 10:10 am

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  24. NewfornatSux says:

    Olbermann could get more viewers if he stood outside the FoxNews building like in the picture.


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