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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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Kathryn    

Bahaha....FIRED from his last two jobs. NOT a good track record, dude. If I was YOU, I'd be kinda thinking of changing me ways, as it appears you seriously DO have some issues, mental or otherwise. You are a TOOL, btw.....SO glad ur gone from MSNBC. NOW, all they need to do is: Replace Rachel Madcow and Mister Ed......and I can watch them again! HAPPY JOB HUNTING, Azzwipe!

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CountryGal    

Haha another liberal loser! Go hang out with Rosie O'donnell and Joy Behar LOSER. Hey, does Rush Limbaugh still have his radio show? Yes? Hahaha!! Liberals are ass clowns.

852 days ago
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Mikey    

He sound like Captain Queeq in the Caine Mutiny.


Ah, I had them with the copy toner, they ran out and said they wouldn't have any til tomorrow.

I believe Olbermann to be insane.

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Susan    

I also vote for replacing Rachel, Mister Ed, Morning Joe & if Chris doesn't wise up, replace him. They are so out of control. Keith is a cry baby & should have been happy someone even hired him. Good luck Eliot.

852 days ago
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Kari    

I think Eliot will be a wonderful addition! And if this guys biggest complaint is about toner, and the wrong website, he must have been impossible to work with! Lighten, Keith--life is short! You just seem so angry all the time!

852 days ago
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Patrick    

Quote:

"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."

heh! D'oh!

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Mikey    

Keith Olbermann was evicted from his mother’s basement by Suffolk County Police in 2008. Olbermann had lived in the basement for almost thirty years. According to neighbors, Mrs. Olbermann had told her son that it was time that he got his own place and that crying would not cause her to change her mind.

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static    

Al Gore is one of the most rock-ribbed down in the gutter leftie crackpots that there has ever been and if he can't even take Olberman that says a lot.
Maybe Itar-Tass is hiring.

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Jack    

Current may have been mismanaged but it doesn't change the fact that you are a huge a-hole.

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Chris Enstad    

The problem is that Keith O. was making $10,000,000 a year, of course they had no capital to do anything else. How about chipping in like teachers have to do?

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Mikey    

The only way Current TV would make any money is if they ran Three Stooges re-runs 24/7

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Richard III    

New York is a hire at will, fire at will state. File away, Keith. Unless they are in breach of a contract and you can prove that you did nothing to precipitate your firing, you are in deep Kim chee in a NY court.

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CathyJ    

Not surprising, this POS.

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Rafaelle Zuccaro    

From an Idiot to a Chief of Adulterers !! Makes sense to me ??/ A far out network of Progressive A--Holes!!! Who watches these guys--???

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Q    

His constant going after "Boss Hog" and "Bill Orally" at every show he's involved with---yet he's the one who gets fired, quits, walks away...what an absolute fraud and headcase--seek a mental health evaluation Keith, no one is this ill and angry. What a miserable human being he must be to be with, around, work or live with.

Nothing but a typical one percenter, million dollar a month media mouth. See Katie Couric for the female version. Between the two of them they probably have 16 followers on twitter.

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