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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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91.

w    

olbermann is at fault, irrespective of whatever internal memo re lack of toner suggests. he is an imperious, self-congratulating bombast of the highest order, and notoriously difficult to work with and lazy. his threatened lawsuit certainly has no merit, and his career has no legs left.

884 days ago
92.

w    

olbermann is at fault, irrespective of whatever internal memo re lack of toner suggests. he is an imperious, self-congratulating bombast of the highest order, and notoriously difficult to work with and lazy. his threatened lawsuit certainly has no merit, and his career has no legs left.

884 days ago
93.

just because    

reminds me of when i got fired because I made myself quit.

884 days ago
94.

Cartman    

Not likely to ever hired again when you sue your employer.

Maybe he can just retire and torture anyone unfortunate to have to work for him. (like most liberals)

884 days ago
95.

julie    

Sure he did....

884 days ago
96.

julie    

Regardless if you agree with his politics, the guy is a douche.

884 days ago
97.

julie    

TMZ, hopefully by reading these comments you realize how silly this story is and how everyone who even assumes they have a little fame, including you guys, seem to completely lose touch with reality.

883 days ago
98.

David Gonzalez    

So after getting fired for being a loser that can't attract flies much less ratings the best he has is a memo about running out of toner and a typo on his good bye good riddance letter. What breaks my heart is that TMZ publishes it like it's a HUGE gotcha moment on why the network is sinking. If that's all you have then you obviously your going to bat for loser olberman and ignoring the facts that his politics and personality don't equal profits for the media.

883 days ago
99.

Faye    

What an ass. He says he was leaving anyway but apparently because they fired him before he quit, he's now suing???? Seriously? On what grounds? He says he didn't want to be there so he should be happy he's not.

883 days ago
100.

Umm ok...    

Keith Olbermann is a loser, why any network would hire him and expect more than 3 people to tune in is beyond me.

883 days ago
101.

Hervey....Hervey of Arabia...He was a single guy...    

Olber****'s always been an uberlib douche bag....No surprise here he wants to sue since his type think they're owed something for nothing. Only amusing thing is he's suing the biggest lib douche the world's ever known, well next to Obama's dumb ass.

883 days ago
102.

Zoe     

Why would anyone hire the angry loser? His show on MSNBC had low ratings so hardly a great sign Current TV would be any better. Better he sit at home and throw wadded paper at the wall, that's where he belongs.

883 days ago
103.

Fran    

Running out of toner? Wrong tweet address ? It happens everyday in business office across the country. So what ?
Keith is a big crybaby lib and he's struggling to stay in the public eye.

883 days ago
104.

dd    

Keith time for anger management I remember when you were a sportscaster in L.A., something is wrong get help it ruining your career, how many jobs are you going to lose.

883 days ago
105.

John 1225    

There were other printers available so what was the problem? Did the poor little fellow have to walk a few more steps? That nasty old channel!!!

883 days ago
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