April 11th, 2012 by faye
TV host and political commentator Keith Olbermann has just filed a lawsuit against Current TV network, claiming that his former employers at the said company are “the worst people in the world.”
According to reports, struggling cable channel Current TV fired Olbermann for violating his contract and after a long-running public feud between the anchorman and Current’s executives, which includes attorney Joel Hyatt and former U.S Vice President Al Gore. Keith claims that his “public termination” was “the latest in a series of increasingly erratic and unprofessional actions undertaken by Current’s senior management.”
Now, Keith Olbermann has followed up his legal action with a lawsuit against Current TV filed in Los Angeles. The suit seeks $50 million to $70 million in damages, and rips into Current and its managers.
“After being enticed to leave MSNBC, Keith Olbermann was disheartened to discover Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives,” Olbermann’s lawsuit states.
The lawsuit also denounces the production values on Current TV’s version of “Countdown,” including numerous incidents when studio lights allegedly went out. “Keith Olbermann thought he had made a deal with a legitimate network and instead got an unprofessional cable-access show,” his lawsuit states.
The main cause of action in Olbermann’s lawsuit is breach of contract. Olbermann had a five-year, $50 million deal with Current TV. The anchorman argues that Current violated the contract by terminating him without basis, disparaging him in the press, disclosing confidential contract terms, refusing to give him editorial control over election coverage, and using a substitute guest host whom Keith Olbermann did not pre-approve.
Meanwhile, Current TV has fired back against Keith Olbermann and said that his lawsuit is “false and malicious.” The network added, “We hope Mr. Olbermann understands that when it comes to the legal process, he is actually required to show up.”