Keith Olbermann Sues Current TV for Breach of Contract, Sabotage
Keith Olbermann vs Current TV: The Lawsuit
Keith Olbermann, fired last week from Current TV, has filed a lawsuit against the media company, citing breach of contract, sabotage, and disparagement. Olbermann alleges that Current TV still owes him up to still owes him up to $70 million.
Earlier, Keith Olbermann had described himself to David Letterman as "a $10 million chandelier" in Current TV's run-down dining room; in other words, out of Current TV's league (despite several acrimonious departures from other networks).
Keith Olbermann's lawsuit reads in part, "After being enticed to leave MSNBC and come to Current with promised 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."
“I wouldn’t compare him to a $10 million chandelier,” says Jason Maloni, senior vice president at Levick Strategic Communications in Washington.The better comparison would be former NFL player Terrell Owens, he adds. “Charlie Sheen comes to mind as well.”