Keith Olbermann, who has had contentious situations almost wherever he has worked in television, is plotting his return — and he says things will be different this time around.
Citing comments Olbermann made at the Television Critics Association press tour, the Los Angeles Times reports that the veteran political commentator and sports reporter is determined to have fun on television again with his return to the ESPN family for a new show on ESPN2.
Olbermann said his stints at MSNBC and Current TV "took a lot out of me, and were not that much fun." He added, "I had fun doing ‘SportsCenter.’" The piece notes that he clashed with his employers during his time at "SportsCenter" in the 1990s, ultimately departing ESPN "in a furor and with bad feelings" — a pattern that was repeated at MSNBC and Current.
Olbermann denied that he has been banned from discussing politics by ESPN, as has been reported, but noted that the new program is a sports show. The program, "Olbermann," will include commentary, interviews, contributors and panel discussions.
The weeknight show launches Aug. 26.