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Contain Your Surprise: Keith Olbermann Not Getting Along With Latest Employer

2:36 PM, Dec 30, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Oh Schadenfreude, you capricious sprite:

Despite being the biggest star on the fledging channel, Mr. Olbermann is not scheduled to anchor Current’s coverage of the Iowa caucus or the New Hampshire primary in January. Instead, Current’s other prime time anchors, Cenk Uygur and Jennifer Granholm, will be joined by the channel’s chairman, the former vice president Al Gore, according to the channel’s TV schedule.

Mr. Olbermann also was noticeably absent from two special reports that Current produced after Republican debates in mid-December. Those, too, were anchored by Mr. Uygur.

These absences suggest that there may be new tension between Mr. Olbermann and the managers at Current, who are trying to create a progressive-oriented cable news channel.

In the television industry, Mr. Olbermann is well known for fights with his bosses; stories abound about his refusal to speak to managers and executives. At Current, this behavior has continued, according to four people with knowledge of the situation, one of whom described Mr. Olbermann as “disgruntled.”

Make sure you read to the end of the story where it discusses Olby's unusual set design. It's not surprising to watch Olbermann flame out again (or not watch him flame out as Current TV's ratings would indicate), but this time there's some mild satisfaction to be found in the fact that he's also immolating a large pile of Al Gore's money in the process.

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