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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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Beaners    

Hey Keith, don't let the door hit you in the ASS on the way out! You and Chris Mathews should hook up!

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ladydiinpa    

Current used to really interest me, they had good do***entaries and short video clips people submitted, it was like watching clips from You tube sometimes, Now is just re-runs, re-runs from years ago and polical stuff, doesn't interest me..

751 days ago
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kade madison    

Way to go dumb ass. Of course you were planning to exit long before. You keep coming up with those stories you moron. This is one guy that hardly deserves to be on television.

751 days ago
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Carolinadancer    

Jeez! I live and work in the BOONIES and I can get toner delivered any time of day within a couple of hours. Sounds to me like they're having serious money issues over at Current. I hear Spitzer will work for....well, let's just say he's easy.

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