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January 04, 2012

Shock: Notoriously Butthurt Diva Can't Get Along With Yet Another Boss

I meant to do this so much earlier.

Olbermann is, again, making a spectacle of his fundamental inability to get along with anyone.

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.

There is no I in teamwork, but there is one in Special Comment.

Here's the memo sent to the Countdown staff by an executive:

To the Countdown Staff....

I wanted to clarify tonight's programming, as I gather there may be some misunderstanding about what is on when.

As we assumed Keith had communicated to you, Keith was asked to be the sole anchor and executive producer of our primary and caucus coverage. He declined.

We then made other plans to have our 4 hours of prime time election coverage tonight hosted by Al Gore, Jennifer Granholm, and The Young Turks. We tried several times to have Keith participate in our coverage, including being the lead anchor for the 8p hour tonight, incorporated with our election group in the Los Angeles studio and produced in the LA control room. We have a special election graphic package, live remotes, caucus feeds, etc.

There will be NO stand-alone Countdown tonight. For those of you at work who might be preparing a program, I apologize your managers did not communicate this to you. See you back on the air tomorrow night.

I don't understand the dispute, and part of this might be legal maneuvering on the part of either or both side to demonstrate a willingness to work with the other party (like, if someone suspects there might a court involved in the future).

Is the argument about whether or not Olbermann would host the caucus coverage and be executive producer of it versus whether it would be specifically branded as Countdown with Keith Olbermann hosting the coverage?

Is that it? A dispute about whether Keith Olbermann's name and franchise would go above the title, as they'd say in Hollywood (aka Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life)?

Whose ego would walk over such a silly distinction?

Ohhhh. Right.

I don't know. All I know is that everyone hates Keith Olbermann's guts, including those who agree with him on just about everything.

Oh, and Keith Olbermann's a moron.


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