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Keith Olbermann

Planning His Exit

Long Before He Was Fired

3/31/2012 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Keith Olbermann wanted out of Current TV well before he was fired yesterday because he felt the network was mismanaged and wouldn't be around much longer ... sources close to the situation tell TMZ. 

As TMZ first reported, Keith is planning on filing a lawsuit against the network for his unceremonious dumping yesterday. He released a statement that said in part, "It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current's statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently." 

According to our sources, Keith felt the network was a "ragtag operation" that was disorganized and felt thrown together. We're told Keith felt the entire place was mismanaged ... right down to the office supplies.

On one such occasion, we're told the staff couldn't use one of the printers because it was out of toner and they had none in supply. In a staff-wide email obtained by TMZ (see below), a production administrator told the staff, "We expect to have replacement toner in tomorrow and will have a better stock on hand for the future. Sorry for the inconvenience."

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To Keith's point ... they couldn't even fire him without a giant mistake. In Current TV's press release to announce that Eliot Spitzer would be taking over for Olbermann, they provided a Twitter account for Spitzer that is not his. The real Eliot Spitzer doesn't have a Twitter account.

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31.

karlew    

Complaining about office supplies? What a petty little bitch he is. I work for a huge national corporation that has been around for more than a hundred years and on occassion we have ran out of toner. Doesn't mean the company is rag tag, just means we ran out of toner. This ridiculous goof needs to pry his flat head out of his ass. Fact is as a journalist he is biased and incompetent, and that was why he was fired.

754 days ago
32.

Aratosm    

If Glenn Beck can be fired from fox news, Keith Olbermann can be fired from current.

754 days ago
33.

user007    

Shouldn't Eliot Spitzer have read the PR about his hire before it went out? He would probably have realized the error in listing a twitter acct when he doesn't tweet.

754 days ago
34.

Donna    

He is so annoying and arrogant..im glad he is off the air now. As long as they don't replace him with Joan Rivers I don't care who they put in his time slot!

754 days ago
35.

Robert Herron    

I wonder if Kieth and Charlie Sheen will hook up on a project.
Just wondering.

754 days ago
36.

Eric    

i'd take obermann over the insane nazi glen beck or the fat young boy lover limbaugh

754 days ago
37.

Mayu    

um... if you were going to quit anyway... why sue for being fired? Kinda hurts your case if you were already trying to find a way out.

754 days ago
38.

mysteryman    

No toner REALLY! these people are so out of touch..its a crying shame. see you at the bread line.

Liberals are starting to eat their own WHATS NEXT?! Human sacrifice!, dogs and cats living together!... mass hysteria!

754 days ago
39.

leslippe    

How very Al Gore... Go Keith!

754 days ago
40.

Change 2010    

IT'S A GOOD THING AL GORE DIDN'T BECOME PRESIDENT SINCE HE CAN'T EVEN RUN A HACK LIBERAL NETWORK

754 days ago
41.

LiveOutLoud    

Gimme a break! His defense is "copier toner". What?!?! It's a start-up you dumb dumb, what do you expect! Every company runs out of toner. What a nut.

754 days ago
42.

good as gold    

So if Olbermann was going to quit soon, didn't they do him a favor by firing him sooner then later or is he too stupid to figure that out? And why is TMZ fascinated with this guy? I can see covering the story once but they have ran follow up stories already.

754 days ago
43.

Cthrew    

Keith Olbermann, bully, blowhard, and now whiny jackass.

Hey ****head, grow some balls and go play with 'em.

754 days ago
44.

csd    

The answer you are looking for is: Office Max.

754 days ago
45.

cwc    

Big POS Al Gore...Even BIGGER POS Keith Olbermann !!!!!

754 days ago
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