Keith Olbmermann, who was instrumental in turning MSNBC into the partisan and shrill network that it is today, is reportedly looking to go back to ESPN.
ESPN president John Skipper told the New York Times that Olbermann had dinner with him at New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant to express his interest about possibly returning to the network.
“Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back,” Skipper said.
Skipper said, as of this time, ESPN is not planning on bringing Olbermann on board.
“Keith Olbermann, both personally and through a couple people I know, reached out to say, ‘Gee, I would love to have dinner,'” Skipper said. “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he’d be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat. He is very interesting.”
In the 1990s, Olbermann co-hosted “The Big Show” on SportsCenter with Dan Patrick, and Patrick said he would not be surprised if Olbermann went back to the network one day. When Olbermann left ESPN, many employees at the network–like co-workers at MSNBC and Current that he reportedly demeaned and humiliated–were relieved and glad.
Olbermann most recently sued Current TV for a reported $70 million after the network dismissed Olbermann one year into his five year, $50 million contract. The trial is set to begin in May of this year.