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Posted at 9:45 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Keith Olbermann to unveil new career on Tuesday

By Lisa de Moraes

Just when you thought you were going to get a vacation from Keith Olbermann, a publicist has sent out word that Keith is holding a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to make an "exciting announcement" regarding the "next chapter in his remarkable career."

Less than a month ago, Olbermann abruptly exited MSNBC where his "Countdown" had been the network's biggest draw. Both parties remain mum in re the circumstances of the departure.

At the time of his exit, the Web site The Wrap reported Olbermann had his eye on creating a media empire like that of Huffington Post (which coincidentally announced Sunday that it was being purchased by AOL for $315 million.)

Late Monday, speculation focused on Olbermann delving into an internet venture while also striking a deal with Current TV -- the liberal current affairs network available in just 60 million-ish U.S. homes, mostly on the digital tier, and that is privately and independently owned by former vice president Al Gore and others. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV, which is scheduled to make its "upfront" presentation to advertisers about programming plans one day after Olbermann's announcement, noted the New York Times.

Olberman is presumed to be precluded from having a regular TV gig for some set period, per terms of his exit from MSNBC.

More on this story:

Keith Olbermann exits MSNBC; reasons why remain elusive

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 7, 2011; 9:45 PM ET
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Maybe you were hoping for a vacation from Keith Olbermann but a lot of us looked forward to hearing his take on the news. He was sometimes angry but there's a lot in the news to be angry about. He made intelligent commentary and he’s off the air while Bill O’Reilly gets and exclusive interview with the President. This is a new low.

Posted by: bhaines213 | February 7, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I am ready to hear from Keith Olbermann again, speak for yourself, Miss Lisa. I wanted to hear what he would have said about Mrs. Palin's comment on Egypt. Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell both are excellent opinionators but I miss the Olbermann over the top glee in performance. Come back, Keith!

Posted by: GreybirdK1 | February 7, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Ms. de Moraes believes that she has the corneer on the mores of the American television watching public. While I usually have little agreement with many of the posters on the web in general, and on WaPo in particular, I must concur with the view espoused by bhaines213.

While Mr. Olbermann may be an acquired taste, I take exception to your columnist who carps on the bad hair in and the bad episodes of the inane situation comedies (witness her preceding post on the post-Super Bowl Glee episode)attempting to tell us which news commentator we should like or dislike. It is as though the next thing she is going to want to do is report a hard news story. Sadly, it seems she should stay where she is.

Of course, I should not fault her all that much, wasn't just 60 days or so ago that one of WaPo's obituary writeers admitted that he had just gone to his first funeral! Time to rewrite that old saw, "Those that can - do, those that can't - teach, and those that can't teach write for the Washington Post!"

Posted by: jimmy_mac | February 7, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Olbermann is good at is spewing hatred, and we really don't need any more of that.

Posted by: Benson | February 7, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

for me it's been like a forced exile. hurry back, Keith!

Posted by: eomcmars | February 7, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

an "exciting announcement" regarding the "next chapter in his remarkable career."

Never given to self-aggrandizement, are you Keith. What is remarkable is that anyone considers this entertaining clown a political commentator, anymore than Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck can be considered anything other than a sick parody of themselves.

As long as Americans choose to get their political commentary in an echo chamber, or on Comedy Central, then the Republic itself is at risk.

Posted by: hisroc | February 7, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Keith may have been a bit overbearing and egotistical but his commentary was always right on the money and based on facts that you could verify from independent sources, not based on opinions or statements from political ideologues who are presented as credible sources by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly. As a news junkie myself, I always felt confident in the information he was presenting as I could find many other credible sources providing the same base of fact; unlike Sarah Palin and similar crowd of right-wing crazies who just seemed to make up facts to fit their pre-determined political points of view. Welcome back Keith. We do indeed miss you and certainly need you to counter the wealth of misinformation that the corporate-controlled 'media' is spewing out these days.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | February 7, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Keith will be appearing with his boyfriend Sean Hannity and announcing they are doing a show together at 9pm M-F.

Fox's other exciting announcement is Anderson Cooper and Bill Oreilly will be doing a show together at 8pm focusing on gay marriage. The viewing audience will get to select Bill's dress and flowers.

Posted by: sheepherder | February 7, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Dear Ms. Moraes,

A simple content analysis will show that Keith Olbermann has done more to elucidate the important issues of the day than has your TV column.

When we want a critique of House Hunters International, we'll call you.

Posted by: FormerSubscriber | February 7, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 7, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy 11AM, let me mark my calendar. This guy is an egotistical moron. The fact that he thinks people even care what he does is so conceded. "Remarkable career"? Really, who is he kidding?

Posted by: Jsuf | February 7, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann is probably going to announce he's going to run for the US Senate in 2012, for the State of Connecticut.

Frankly, I always thought of him more as a great sportscaster, when I was living in Los Angeles and watched him on KNBC.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 7, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

"Just when you thought you were going to get a vacation from Keith Olbermann,"

This is so typical of the extreme right bias of the Washington Post.

Posted by: tomonroad | February 7, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Keith is a legend in his own mind.Hopefully he will move to Venezuela to be with his idol-Hugo Chavez.

Posted by: maximus4 | February 7, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I second the many who want to hear Keith again. I miss his candid commentaries. I miss his willingness to admit mistakes when he has erred. Keith is a class act. I hope he is able to amass a great media team similar to the one he had at MSNBC. I have been amazed at the obvious research that was done to support his stories. Research is the most obvious missing part of FOX noise.

Posted by: EarlC | February 7, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Broadcasting on Current TV is only a small step above streaming on the Internet. This is the best venue Keith Olbermann could find? And no doubt they're giving him equity in lieu of, you know, a real salary. It's a humiliating career move for Olbermann, but it'll be entertaining to watch him pretend it's his heart's desire.

Posted by: Rob_ | February 7, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

according to the New York Times... "Olbermann Said to Be Going to Current TV."

i guess Al Gore has finally found his elusive ManBearPig.

i'm cereal!

Posted by: potomacfever00 | February 7, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, speak for yourself. I miss Keith terribly. I see no point in watching MSNBC, which is the loser in this injustice.
Sorry, Rachel and Lawrence, both of you are good, but, unfortunately, you are not Keith.

Posted by: Observer10 | February 7, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Current TV is a media company led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt.

Olbermann is a hater. He does nothing more than spout the Democratic party line and criticize the conservative politicians and Fox News.

If you're a Democrat and want to reinforce your partisan views without objectivity, he's for you.

Posted by: Benson | February 8, 2011 12:34 AM | Report abuse

The Atheist Antidote: Sarah Palin & The Liberal Psyche (You must see this video!!)

Posted by: sandbear | February 8, 2011 12:38 AM | Report abuse

The Atheist Antidote: Sarah Palin & The Liberal Psyche (You must see this video!!)

Posted by: sandbear | February 8, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Olberman, to me, is a piece of refuse that is expelled by the human body. As are his "fans"

Posted by: Snowdog | February 8, 2011 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Keith's stories were well researched and despite the over jealousness of some of the presentations mostly correct. I enjoyed his show, given the mostly vanilla presentations of most of the other programs, except fox, which suffers from bad reasearch or merely polemic presentations. It's a significant loss not having his voice on television. The right wing nut jobs must be jubilant that no one is questioning their idiocy any longer.

Posted by: roy_48 | February 8, 2011 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Of course only conservatives should have a voice on TV and radio. Without an opposing point of view one needn't think for oneself.

Posted by: therev1 | February 8, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Just when you were hoping Lisa might write an informative piece, yet again a gossip column of speculation, dripping sarcasm and gloss over. She guesses what KO is doing, does a bit of name dropping but no substantive research, represents "digital" as some pioneer technology, and recycles others' speculation. Great job, Lisa. I can read Huffpo too. Does WaPo pay you?

Posted by: merrill1 | February 8, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Many of Olbermann's detractors call him 'egotistical', like this trait would somehow disqualify anyone from performing as a paid political commentator. Seems to me that a healthy sized ego is a necessary requirement for political punditry, and Olbermann is the best. It helps that he recognizes reality for what it is, based his journalism on facts not fiction (like Fox News), and has the intelligence that many right wing pundits seem to lack.

Posted by: bflagg | February 8, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I think it's great! Now I'll never have to see him.

Posted by: irvingkrinlap | February 8, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Olbermann had a show on MSNBC? How have I managed to ignore him this long?

If you continue to cover his "next moves" before they happen how can I continue to actively overlook him?

He should spend as much time thinking about his rhetoric as he apparently does picking his next glasses frames.

As with POTUS; WTF (win the future, you know).

Posted by: ascpgh1 | February 8, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

To Benson: The only thing, O'Rielly-Beck-Hannity-Palin-Limbaugh-Savage-Regan-Cheney-Kristol etc., "is good at is spewing hatred, and we really don't need any more (sic) of that."

Posted by: ginger470132 | February 8, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Cool! Hurry back Keith and bring your kryptonite to stupid with you. Beck and and Palin on Worst Persons in The World on a continuous bais was Must See TV.

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 8, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

From way downtown! BANG!

Posted by: Rufus711 | February 8, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

To Benson: "The only thing O'Rielly-Beck-Hannity-Palin-Limbaugh-Reagan-Savage etc. is good at is spewing hatred and we really don't need anymore of that."

Posted by: ginger470132 | February 8, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

To Benson: "The only thing O'Rielly-Beck-Hannity-Palin-Limbaugh-Reagan-Savage etc. is good at is spewing hatred and we really don't need anymore of that."

Posted by: ginger470132 | February 8, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Benson wrote:
"The only thing Olbermann is good at is spewing hatred, and we really don't need any more of that."

Well, that and raising millions for free health care clinics around the country. And he's not all that good at spewing hatred anyway, considering how short of Fox News his spewing falls.

Posted by: Reason7 | February 8, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Come on Lisa, it's been tough for Keith's fans over the last month.

Nobody to tell them every night how intelligent and sophisticated and compassionate they are while the other 00% of the population continues going around acting like stupid and evil all the time. And eating at McDonalds and stuff. The doodyheads!

Posted by: corco02az | February 8, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely psyched that Olbermann will be on another network! It's been no vacation without his sharp wit, right on opinions and brutal facts to combat the wingnut lies.

Posted by: jillcohen | February 8, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Blithering Idiot channel will be hosted by the lunie Olbermann and he'll be accompanied by the other liberal linies Matthews, Maddow, Bayhard and O'Donnell as expert lunie witnesses trying to defend Olbermann and his crazy gibrish ramblings!

Have a ball, you liberal lunies!!

There is always an ashylm even for the untreatable crazies!!!

Posted by: CJ123 | February 8, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jsuf | February 7, 2011 8:50 PM
"Oh boy 11AM, let me mark my calendar. This guy is an egotistical moron. The fact that he thinks people even care what he does is so conceded. "Remarkable career"? Really, who is he kidding?" .... Lemme guess, dude.... "No Child Left Behind" recipient, right? According to my "spell check", the proper spelling of the adjective you've attempted to use in describing what KO thinks is actually "conceited"! ... you stupid phucking dork!

Posted by: ricknhouston | February 8, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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