KEITH OLBERMANN: Most Of My Previous Employers Have Tried To Hire Me Back


Keith Olbermann isn’t naming names but he’s not wasting any time rejecting the idea that he was pushed out at MSNBC because of issues with management. 

From yesterday’s panel at the Paid Content 2011 conference.

I want to apologise for half of the things I have said about management ever…[Olbermann quipped!]I have had nine full time employers, over 32 years, three of them have later on in my career hired me back full time. Another one hired me back freelance, two other employers were in serious negotiations to bring me back.

Short version: Success trumps bad behaviour. 

That said, Olby did not exactly push back against the idea that Comcast wanted to, shall we say, smooth the line-up out.

“We are moving in a time when corporations are looking at news product as very valuable resources that need to be maximized, and one way to maximise them is to cut off all the rough edges and the bumps and all the things that make them interesting and worthwhile. All the reporting, ultimately.”

The other way to maximise presumably is to not cut off any rough edges an invest in chalkboards.

Olby’s show on Current, meanwhile, is set to launch in “late spring.”

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