Keith Olbermann was sacked partly because the management of Current TV does not want people to call a spade a spade ... in other words, Keith has a history of giving the news as is, as it should be given, without sugar ... news served more often with a little spice. Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt are putting on a more gentle face on their networks talk shows ... less edgy (but also informative) shows such as Jennifer Granholm, Cenk Uygur, and the recent additions of Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, and Eliot Spitzer. Good shows, but formats more concerned with preserving "access" than in turning up the heat when the heat needs to be turned up.
The latest indication this was happening to Keith again came when he was pushed into dropping his popular "Worst person in the world" satirical segment after the Limbaugh controversy with Sandra Fluke, much as he was pushed into dropping the segment on MSNBC after the shootings in Tucson last year.
I find it kind of ironic that I sent an email to Keith's show last year after both Cenk and Eliot were dropped from their previous networks ... jokingly addressed the email to "Dear Mr. Gore", made it look like it was from Keith to Al ... mentioning that Keith had two friends named Cenk and Eliot that were out of work, that they might be good additions to the network's lineup. Little did I know that Cenk would actually be added later, and that Eliot would take Keith's time slot ! Just as I still have trouble turning on MSNBC at 8:00 PM eastern without Keith (sorry, Lawrence O'Donnell originally, and now Ed Schulz), it will probably be a while before I can tune in to Eliot's show in that time slot.
I remember Keith from the old Sportscenter days, but I did not stay up very often to see him with Dan Patrick on their late night shows ... when I did, I was watching the show more for them and less for the sports. I did not see him much after that in his other sports jobs. My Dad is also a Countdown fan, and I saw the show a few times when I visited him, but it did not get under my skin until I started watching Countdown late in 2007 when the presidential race started getting interesting.
Countdown with Keith Olbermann was the only political talk show that was programmed on my DVR to be recorded every day. I hated to delete a show that I had not had time to watch yet, but somehow I found the strength to do it when I was too busy to watch the show and the DVR was filling up. Little did I know that when on Friday March 30th I deleted the show from March 29th, I was deleting Keith's last show on Current. I have not gone out to youtube to hunt for the March 29th Countdown yet ... kind of like I still have not watched my recording of the last Cheers, or the last Larry Sanders show, or the last episode of The West Wing yet ... I'm saving them, for a time not yet determined.
I think Keith would be better off with a weekly show on HBO, something like "Realtime With Bill Maher".
Good luck in finding a new home, my good friend.