Keith Olbermann is suing the balls off Current TV. He’s asking for $70 million because he’s claiming Current violated their contract. The lawsuit states, “After being enticed to leave MSNBC and come to Current with promise of editorial control, freedom from corporate influence and the professional support to produce a high-caliber political commentary show of the type his viewers have come to expect, Keith Olbermann was disheartened to discover Al Gore, Joel Hyatt and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives.”
He’s suing for the following (from TMZ):
– broadcasting ads containing Keith’s image without his consent
– using guest hosts for “Countdown” without Keith’s approval
– refusing to give Keith editorial control over special election coverage
– disclosing the confidential terms of his contract
– linking Keith’s name and goodwill with corporate endorsements without his consent
– disparaging Keith publicly
– refusing Keith’s request to stream segments from his show on his website
– refusing to invest resources in the show
Al Gore claims that Keith was disrespectful and disloyal to viewers.
You know what this sounds like? Charlie Sheen’s case without the drugs, but sometimes ego is the worst problem anyone can have–just as bad as drugs. Who knows how much he’ll settle for, but it’s amazing how these guys keep getting fired and failing upward…and then getting rewarded. I’m not a Keith fan, but breach of contract is breach of contract. I wonder where he’ll fail upward next to??
**UPDATE** Current TV filed a countersuit