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.