Keith Olbermann has a job again—albeit, a temporary one.
The outspoken liberal host of MSNBC’s “Countdown” and a failed program of the same name on Current TV is going back to his roots, so to speak.
Olbermann will host TBS’ studio coverage for Major League Baseball’s postseason this year—and he’ll have a co-host for the first time in a while, too: Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley.
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Olbermann anchored ESPN’s “SportsCenter” from 1992 to 1997, and recently served as a guest host of MLB Network’s “Hot Stove.” Olbermann previously served as a studio host for both NBC’s (1997-98) and Fox’s (1999-2000) MLB postseason coverage. At Fox, the MLB studio show Olbermann anchored was nominated twice for an Emmy Award, and it won in 1999 for the Best Sports Studio Show. Olbermann has covered 19 World Series and 28 MLB post-seasons during his career.
“It’s well known that Keith is a fan of the game and when you combine that with his studio experience, keen insight and passion for baseball and its history, he’ll add a new dimension to our MLB Postseason studio shows,” said Turner Broadcasting president of sales, distribution and sports David Levy. “We’re excited to have him join Dennis in studio, and look forward to Keith sharing his in-depth knowledge of the game, MLB teams and players with our viewers for three great weeks in October.”
Olbermann has garnered a reputation over the years, putting it mildly, as difficult.
- You’ll recall, no doubt, his tumultuous departure from MSNBC in early 2011…and one so fraught with tension and drama that the network ate the last two years of his contract, costing MSNBC $14 million.
- Olbermann’s return as host of host of his own show on Current TV didn’t go well on many levels, and he was fired after less than a year on the air (when the lights worked, anyway).
- He then sued Current, claiming he was owed $70 million.
- Out of work for a while, Olbermann reportedly pined for a do-over at ESPN.
Just as a refresher, here’s Olbermann chatting with David Letterman about his departure from his previous job at Current TV:
(H/T: The Wrap)