Huffpost Media

Keith Olbermann Back On Current TV, But Will It Last?

Posted: Updated:

Is there trouble brewing between Keith Olbermann and Current TV? Fans of his show, "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" are certainly wondering.

When one viewer asked Olbermann if "Countdown" would air during the Iowa caucuses earlier this week, he tweeted that his show was not going to be broadcast. Although he didn't explain why the program had been preempted, Olbermann did encourage unhappy viewers to contact the network and its co-founders, including former vice president and Current TV chairman, Al Gore.

According to a Current TV spokesperson, the commentator was offered the opportunity to be the sole anchor and executive producer of the network's primary and caucus coverage, but "unfortunately, he declined."

On Wednesday, Olbermann addressed his absence during coverage of the Iowa caucuses in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions," he stated.

Olbermann did not provide details on the exact nature of those conditions. However, in recent weeks, his show has suffered from numerous technical difficulties, including satellite feed disruption and lighting issues, The New York Times reported.

The tempestuous host left MSNBC last year, just weeks after the liberal cable news channel suspended him for making donations to political candidates. Since migrating to Current TV, "Countdown" has become the network's top-rated program.

Olbermann returned to the airwaves on Wednesday night, but it's unclear if the rift with his bosses has been mended. No word yet on whether Olbermann will cover the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday, either.

Around the Web

Countdown with Keith Olbermann // Current TV

Keith Olbermann Clashes With Current TV - NYTimes.com

Keith Olbermann Blasts Current TV; Internal Memo Reveals Tension ...

Keith Olbermann in spat with his Current TV bosses - latimes.com

Olbermann Attorney: 'Keith's Lawyers and Current's Lawyers Are Communicating'

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results