The Olbermann Suit: Top 10 'Under The Bus' Moments

When he was fired from Current last week, Keith Olbermann suggested he would be filing a lawsuit against his employer. Thursday afternoon Olbermann followed through on his threat:
According to the 43-page, eight-count complaint, filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court by attorney Patty Glaser of L.A.'s Glaser Weil firm, Olbermann was terminated without cause a year into his five-year, $50 million contract with the left-leaning TV network. He claims he is owed between $50 million and $70 million in damages based on breach of contract and other causes of action.
The Hollywood Reporter has obtained a copy of the complaint and it paints quite a picture of the situation behind the scenes at Current. As you'll see, a lot of people were thrown under a lot of buses over the last year at Current TV. 

10) Olbermann throws Current's senior management under the bus.

After being enticed to leave MSNBC and come to Current with promises 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.
9) Olbermann especially throws Joel Hyatt under the bus. He's clearly the worst person in Olbermann's world.
Hyatt also attempted to isolate Olbermann from his professional representatives in an awkward attempt to form a close personal relationship with his new star. When Olbermann did not reciprocate Hyatt's advances, Hyatt reacted by withholding necessary production resources, disparaging Olbermann in the press, denying him his contractually guaranteed editorial control...and directing Current's attorneys with vague and spurious claims of breach.
8) Current threatened to throw Olbermann under the bus before the first episode of Countdown even aired.
Less than two weeks before the premiere of the Program on Current, [CEO] Hyatt summoned Olbermann to his office for a one-on-one meeting at which Hyatt identified that he was speaking on behalf of himself and Gore and threatened to cancel the program based on an unconfirmed and inaccurate suspicion that Olbermann's manager had leaked information regarding the Agreement to the Hollywood Reporter.
7) Olbermann rather amusingly throws Al "invented-the-internet" Gore under the bus.
Stunningly, Al Gore's network was not interested in establishing a strong internet presence.
6) Olbermann threw Cenk Uygur under the bus before he was hired.
Prior to launching "The Young Turks," Hyatt and Bohrman asked Oblermann about the possibility of hiring Cenk Uygur. Olbermann opined to Bohrman that Uygur had difficulty separating facts from things he wanted to be true.
5) Olbermann threw Cenk Uygur under the bus after he was hired.
Olbermann Did Not Promote Cenk Uygur's Show Because It Was Demonstrably Substandard. It was, therefore, reasonable for Olbermann to decline to be associated with a host with a questionable journalistic standard and a show that was not up to the standards expected by the "Countdown" audience.
4) Current threw Olby's hand selected fill-in-host David Schuster under the bus.
On January 26th, Shuster was preparing to serve as guest host of "Countdown" when Bohrman abruptly informed him that he would not be serving as the guest host and would be replaced by [Bill] Press.
3) Olbermann tried to throw Jennifer Granholm and Van Jones under the bus.
On or about October 12, 2011, Current announced that Jennifer Granholm would host a show which would be broadcast weekdays at 9:00 p.m. This is the "lead-out" time slot for the Program. Olbermann was not consulted, meaningfully or otherwise, about the show to be hosted solely by Granholm. Olbermann first found out about this show when Bohrman informed him that Current had hired Granholm. The month prior, Bohrman had asked Olbermann's opinion about a prospective show to be co-hosted by Granholm and Van Jones. Olbermann advised against it.
2) Not afraid to punch down, Olbermann threw the Current social media team under the bus.
The only group that Olbermann asked to stop discussing "Countdown" was Current's "social media" team after they repeatedly put out releases promoting segments and guests that were not going to be on the Program. Olbermann asked them to stop confusing and angering his audience by promoting the wrong segments and guests...Olbermann's request was a reasonable and appropriate response to Current's continual incompetence.
1) Current started throwing Olbermann under the bus back in November.
It is now clear that since at least November 2011, when Current began negotiating with Eliot Spitzer to replace Olbermann, Current has been looking for ways to get out of its contractual obligations to Olbermann.

And with that, all that's left to say is "Good night and good luck."


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