I was hopeful, I would never hear about Mr. Olberman again after he was fired from MSNBC. Former Los Angeles Times television critic Howard Rosenberg stated that “Countdown is more or less an echo chamber in which Olbermann and like-minded bobbleheads nod at each other. Since beginning Countdown‘s “Worst Person in the World” segment in July 2005, Olbermann repeatedly awarded Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel, the dubious honor. The rivalry continued when in 2006 at Television Critics’ Association in California, Olbermann donned a mask of O’Reilly and made a Nazi salute, leading to a letter of protest from the Anti-Defamation League. In 2008 O’Reilly decided to avoid mentioning Olbermann’s name on the air.
Before the 2010 Massachusetts special election, Olbermann called Republican candidate Scott Brown “an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, Tea Bagging supporter of violence against women, and against politicians with whom he disagrees”. He, as usual with him, never presented any information to back up any of his statements.
On January 21, 2011, Olbermann announced his departure from MSNBC and that the episode would be the final episode of Countdown. MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with Olbermann, with no further explanation. Additional reporting in the days immediately following suggested that the negotiations for the end of Olbermann’s tenure at MSNBC had begun soon after the end of his suspension for illegally donating to political candidates he was interviewing on his show.
On February 8, 2011, it was announced that Olbermann had taken the position of chief news officer for the Al Gore/Joel Hyatt–owned public affairs channel Current TV (later sold to Al Jazeera by Al Gore for more than 6 times what it was worth) and would begin hosting a one-hour prime time program on the network at 8 PM Eastern – the same time slot that Countdown had been on MSNBC. Olbermann was fired on March 30, 2012. In a statement from Current TV, they stated that “Current was […] founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.”
But Olbermann stuck his neck out one more time on ESPN to tear down Derek Jeter because, well just because everyone else disagreed with him. Here is a review of that idiocy and a link to see it.
The nearly-seven minute rant by ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Tuesday denigrating Derek Jeter’s place in baseball and New York Yankee history was disgraceful even by his low standards. The talk show host, who seems to go out of his way to make people dislike him (why exactly does he do this?) tried to make the case that the worship given to the Yankee shortstop by fans and the media was undeserved. http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidlariviere/2014/09/24/espn-should-be-ashamed-by-keith-olbermanns-rant-about-derek-jeter/