Keith Olbermann returning to ESPN

Keith Olbermann returning to ESPN (if you count ESPN2 as ESPN)

7/17/13 in Media   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Keith Olbermann returning to ESPN There has been a Keith Olbermann sighting, and amazingly it's going to happen on the network that banned him from its Bristol, Connecticut headquarters. Hell froze over early Wednesday morning, as ESPN announced they'd rehire Keith Olbermann -- the mercurial commentor who wrote the book on pissing off one's employer.

It's not technically ESPN -- Olbermann has been dropped to the deuce, and will host a nightly commentary show airing at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2, the same time that "SportsCenter" airs on ESPN.

ESPN confirmed today that Keith Olbermann will return to ESPN after the news was originally reported by Variety. Olbermann was one half of the unofficial "greatest scores and highlights team of all time" with Dan Patrick from 1992-97. Olbermann and Patrick reunited on NBC's "Football Night in America" for two seasons.

Blog Photo - Keith Olbermann returning to ESPN But oh, does Olbermann make his employers angry. Olbermann was fired from ESPN in 1997, shortly after he made an unauthorized appearance on "The Daily Show" and called ESPN "a God-forsaken place". He was fired from FOX Sports for reporting a (correct) rumor that Rupert Murdoch intended to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers. As an MSNBC host of "Countdown", one night Olbermann declared on air out of the blue that it would be his last show.

Olbermann is known for being somewhat difficult to work with.

It appears that Olbermann's banishment from the ESPN headquarters in Bristol may still be in effect. His new show will be broadcast from Times Square in New York -- not from Bistol, CT.
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7/17/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

He was my favorite on SportsCenter as a kid...