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Keith Olbermann Returning To ESPN, But Barred From Talking Politics

07/17/2013 12:07 am ET | Updated Jul 17, 2013

After a 16-year absence, Keith Olbermann is returning to ESPN, the New York Times reported Tuesday night.

Rumors had been swirling for weeks that the former Current TV anchor was "in serious discussions" with ESPN, but apparently the deal will officially be announced on Wednesday.

According the Times, Olbermann, 54, will host a late night talk show from New York that will air on ESPN 2. Although Olbermann may discuss other topics besides sports, his new contract reportedly forbids him from talking about politics on the program.

Olbermann recently signed a deal to host TBS' studio coverage of Major League Baseball alongside Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst Dennis Eckersley in Atlanta; it's unclear if that gig will be affected by his new one.

Olbermann's history with broadcasting networks has been contentious at best. Although his brash personality resonates with many viewers, the commentator and writer rarely gets along well with TV executives. He was fired from his Current TV job in March 2012, fired from MSNBC in 2011 and fired by Fox Sports Net in 2001. He left ESPN in 1997 under what The Times described as "emotionally charged circumstances."

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