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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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106.

megawampum    

It's just too bad. My wife and I used to be Keith's biggest fans. But unfortunately he's turned into a sad, angry little man. He's an incredibly self-destructive person who has alienated his audience and fans on far too many occasions. It's no wonder that he's had major feuds with management at every network he's ever been at. Get it together Keith, and stop letting your ego blindly take over and replace your original well-placed intentions.

872 days ago
107.

John    

This is to kathchat the azzclown Limbowel beck palin hannitty etc are the reason republicans wont get a sniff at the white house for the next 20 yrs Lets see mitt the great white hope hahahaha Looks like Obama Then Hillary. Oh also Olbermann the new senator from conn sounds nice So go back to ur double wide an listen too rush

872 days ago
108.

scott    

From the tone of the article it appears that Keith has a job spinning celebrity gossip if he so desires.KOTMZ???

872 days ago
109.

BIGTONE12    

ALL OF YOU RIGHT WING NUT JOBS SHUT THE F... P AND FIRE FIXED NEWS , I MEAN FOX NEWS

872 days ago
110.

anne10    

As usual, another idiot that doesn't realize that most people fall somewhere between liberal and conservative. There are exceptions (like you) that actually like another idiot such as Limbaugh.

872 days ago
111.

THE BEAVER    

I think keith Bangherman should try to get a job with Howard Stern. All Keith has to do is talk nasty.

Theree thing Keith has to remember to ask the woman on Howard's show are:

1. Are those real?
2. What cup size or you?
3. Can I bang you?
LOL

872 days ago
112.

THE BEAVER    

Oops Three

872 days ago
113.

jock365    

keith is a amazing talent,and we will find him on cnn or another major network where he belongs.power to you keith.

872 days ago
114.

parlayer    

Your OUT because you are a LIBERAL, BLOVEATING, LYING IDIOT!!!! I COULD GO ON!!!

872 days ago
115.

Mary A    

does anyone really give a rats a$$

872 days ago
116.

donna adams    

Gee Whiz. What an arrogant, smug person. I just wonder if HE abused his parents as a little boy. From what I have witnessed, he was a spoiled little brat. Do you hear me, Harvey. By the way, do you know George Stern?

872 days ago
117.

jean    

What a baby this guy is! I'm quite sure that every office runs out of toner once in awhile! That's all he's got?

872 days ago
118.

Jackazz flatts    

Maybe Olldsmellyman can get his shoeshine job back

872 days ago
119.

reddancergal    

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Toner won't be in until tomorrow. Poor, poor Keith.

872 days ago
120.

Divya Nanjappa    

Really? Upset because a small black and white printer is down?
It happens all the time, and not every company goes around inventorying toner cartridges...especially newly formed companies like Current.

872 days ago
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