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This is even funnier when you remember the fight is over something on a cable outlet hardly anybody watches:

Keith Olbermann returned to the airwaves Wednesday night, but the rift between the bad boy anchor and his superiors at Current TV has not dissipated a day after he refused to lead the network’s coverage of the Iowa caucus, TheWrap has learned.

The newsman has tapped high-powered lawyer Patricia Glaser to “determine his rights” in his five-year contract, an individual close to him told TheWrap.

Meanwhile, executives at Current TV said that relations – especially those with Current CEO Joel Hyatt – were at a breaking point after deteriorating over the past several months.
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Glaser would only tell TheWrap that “the lawyers are communicating.”

Months of simmering tension between Olbermann and Current TV boiled over on Tuesday after the anchor announced that he would not play a part in the network’s coverage of the Iowa caucus.

But that was just the most public sign of recent dissension. TheWrap spoke to multiple individuals on both sides of the rift. They said that Olbermann is frustrated by the slow growth of the network and its shoddy facilities (the anchor has lit a candle on his desk to mock the network’s occasional blackouts).

I’ll bet ten bucks that there are several copies of “An Inconvenient Truth” laying around Olbermann’s apartment with Al Gore’s face cut out of the cover.

None of this is surprising. The relationship between a sanctimonious left-wing prima donna and a cable outlet owned in part by a hypocritical false enviro-prophet was doomed from the start. There hasn’t been a more volatile and unstable mixture since Joan Crawford and Bette Davis got stuck in an elevator together.

It’s reported that Olbermann signed a five-year contract with Current at about $10 million annually. That’s a lot of carbon credits Al Gore has to peddle to suckers to pay that scratch, and with these ratings in the demo the Goracle should expect to get full return on that investment by the year 2250, if ever.

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10 Responses to “Schadenfreude of the Day: Olbermann vs. Gore’s Current”

  1. backwoodsconsr on January 5th, 2012 12:48 pm

    Of course the ratings are shitty. They're not known as Odorman and Bore for nothing.

  2. Marshall_Will on January 5th, 2012 12:58 pm

    Yeah, who's having the LAST LAUGH here?

    What's more telling is the… abysmal ratings must be due in large part to the fact they were structured from inception to be an All Opinion Network that does not or WILL not cover breaking news!?

    This is a good sign. Apparently the 25-54 demographic WOULD prefer some FACTS along w/ their Daily Prog Talking Points? I'm sure if only Olby mocked MM's maiden name in every segment ratings would skyrocket.

    Only punctuates the farce when you consider The Rise of OWS 'should' have made Clumpdown a natural rallying point. Epic Fail squared.

  3. Granny55 on January 5th, 2012 2:11 pm

    Beginning to notice a pattern here with OlberDouche – hahahahahahahahahahhahahhahhhahahhahahahahaahhhahahhahah

  4. Joe Redfield on January 5th, 2012 2:51 pm

    If Current TV wants to boost ratings, how about a pay-per-view Texas Cage Match between KO and Al? I'd pay to watch that.

  5. SignPainterGuy on January 5th, 2012 3:28 pm

    Another time to be thankful there`s no Smell-O-Vision ! Another chance not to watch Current-TV twice as much ! Maybe more, who knows ? It`s early !

  6. Pasadena Phil on January 5th, 2012 4:19 pm

    An accident always looking for a place to happen.

  7. Marshall_Will on January 5th, 2012 4:31 pm

    How hard is it to imagine that 'match' degenerating from a bi-curious display to oiled up group-grope to… OWS h@mo-erotic 24/7 webcam?

  8. Marshall_Will on January 5th, 2012 4:37 pm

    Yeah, ObsoleteTV crashing harder than an Al Franken comedy skit and Olberdouche wants/NEEDS to bail on his contract while there's still some ginger left in his brand.

    When I think of how racist, sexist and crude he was towards Michelle over the years ( and never once challenging her based on The Facts ) I hope the legal cost to 'break' his contract winds up being more he got paid. Where could he possibly go from there, Public Access?

  9. Doug on January 5th, 2012 4:37 pm

    Hey M_W, can you shoot me an email when you get a chance so I have your addy… I must have lost it. Argh!

  10. Granny55 on January 5th, 2012 7:07 pm

    I say we throw in the two fat a$$es from the OWN network (Rosie and Oprah) and really make it match for the OWSers.

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