War of Words Is on Between Olbermann and … a Game Show Host? Seriously? And a Former Colleague Confesses to Sending Fake ‘Olbermann’ E-Mail

Nov 11, 2010  •  Post A Comment

In a week in which Keith Olbermann has been the center of attention for political donations and his subsequent suspension by MSNBC, the cable personality now has his sights set on a new target: the host of a popular syndicated game show.

Olbermann responded to an article written by "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak, in which Sajak apologized because he "introduced Olbermann to America," by saying Sajak should be sorry for something else, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I think if he needs to apologize for anything, it needs to be that talk show," Olbermann said, referring to "The Pat Sajak Show," on which Olbermann appeared in 1989. Olbermann also countered Sajak’s assertion that he introduced Olbermann to U.S. viewers, since Olbermann appeared on CNN as early as 1981.

Sajak’s article was published on Wednesday in the right-leaning site Ricochet.com, with the headline, "Mea Culpa: I put Keith Olbermann on national TV."

Meanwhile, political scribe Tucker Carlson, once a co-worker of Olbermann, has admitted to obtaining and using a fake e-mail account in the name of Keith Olbermann to send messages to a Philadelphia web site denigrating MSNBC head Phil Griffin, according to the Huffington Post.

Carlson confessed that he sent the e-mails but offered no apology. He characterized his actions as a prank.

"It was just too funny. The flesh is weak," he told Yahoo’s Michael Calderone.


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