Olbermann Clashing with Current TV: Reports


In a stroke of déjà vu, Current TV host Keith Olbermann relationship with the network is on the rocks, according to multiple published reports.

The tension boiled over this week in the wake of Current's coverage of the Iowa Caucuses, which Olbermann was not a part of.

"I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions," Olbermann said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. "They know it and we know it. Telling half the story is wrong."

Olbermann did not specify to THR what "acceptable conditions" were, but his Countdown show has been plagued with technical difficulties on the channel like having the lights go off on-air in the studio.

But in an internal memo also obtained by THR, Current TV president David Bohrman asserted that Olbermann was asked to lead the net's Iowa coverage and declined. Olbermann reportedly still planned to anchor his show on Tuesday, even though the net had planned to pre-empt it for special election coverage hosted by Cenk Uygar, Jennifer Granholm and Al Gore, a fact that was reportedly not communicated to Countdown staff.

A Current TV spokesperson said Thursday that Olbermann had been asked to participate in the network's coverage of the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday and said, "we hope he will be part of it."

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