Like the sun rising each morning in the east, Keith Olbermann has suffered another less-than-friendly divorce with a network. On Friday, Keith's newest employers Current TV fired the face of their network about a year after signing him to a massive five year, 50 million dollar deal to be their Chief News Officer. (And you thought Jayson Werth's signing was a bad contract!) After a successful run at MSNBC that saw Olbermann and his show Countdown thrust into the national spotlight as a ferocious liberal voice, Olbermann abruptly left the network last January. At MSNBC, Olbermann had his most successful and sustained run since his days anchoring "The Big Show" with Dan Patrick on SportsCenter.
The move to Al Gore's Current TV was supposed to provide more freedom for Olbermann's political commentary and also allow him to bolster the young network. Now, the Olbermann/Current marriage is ending with threats of lawsuits and reports of Olbermann complaining about smelly drivers that dared to speak to him.
To anyone who has followed Keith Olbermann's media career, this news is as surprising as one of John Calipari's players leaving college after one year. Here's his history of burning bridges and bomb dropping at various networks...
1992-1997: ESPN - Olbermann left after various clashes with management and an infamous appearance on Craig Kilborn's late night show calling Bristol, CT a "godforsaken place" which resulted in a suspension. Olbermann's tumultuous tenure in Bristol was a popular subject in the ESPN book, with Bob Ley saying, "We felt not so much relief when Keith left as unrestrained f*cking joy."
1998-2001: Fox Sports Net - Olbermann hosted "The Keith Olbermann Evening News" and was involved with Fox's MLB coverage. That arrangement ended after Olbermann reported on the potential sale of the LA Dodgers, owned at the time by Rupert Murdoch of News Corp... who also happened to be writing Olbermann's checks. Amazingly, Olbermann and Murdoch have different takes on exactly how Olbermann's Fox tenure ended.
2003-2011: MSNBC - Between Olbermann's stints in sports, he also delved into news, working briefly at both MSNBC and CNN. It was in 2003 where Olbermann made the move to news and political commentary full-time. At MSNBC, Olbermann became one of the most noted Iraq War and Bush Administration critics on television. Olbermann was the centerpiece of MSNBC moving their network in a liberal direction. Countdown with Keith Olbermann was MSNBC's highest rated show for a significant length of time and led the push past CNN in the ratings behind the largely conservative Fox News. While at MSNBC, Olbermann also had a brief stint co-hosting NBC's Football Night In America with Dan Patrick. In spite of Olbermann making his mark in news and politics, again the relationship ended in flames - first with a suspension, then with a full parting of the ways.
That's quite the impressive trail of destruction. So where does Olbermann's most recent breakup with Current TV leave him...