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Keith Olbermann

COUNTERSUED By Current TV

4/6/2012 11:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Current TV has filed a countersuit in its war with Keith Olbermann ... claiming the "Countdown" host got his walking papers, in part, because he BARELY showed up to work.  

In the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Current TV claims Olbermann missed 19 out of 41 work days in January and February in his attempt to "sabotage" the network.

Current also claims Olbermann once smashed a glass mug on the set. Earlier this week, an email emerged in which a Current employee detailed the incident ... voicing concerns that other employees could've slipped on the water or could have been cut by the shards.

As we previously reported, Olbermann filed his lawsuit against the network yesterday ... demanding between $50 mil and $70 mil in unpaid compensation.

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Marvin     

This is great.

932 days ago
32.

Jake    

This person has shown strong signs that he is indeed the "worst person in America, perhaps the world".
If he can't get along with al gore, he sure is the worst man in America.

Jake

932 days ago
33.

Tina    

he should get a Government job, most of them have the same work ethic

932 days ago
34.

parlayer    

Ankle grabbing time!! Keith has had practice. All the good stuff from Brown Nosing to yea grabbing his ankles. Couldn't happen to a greater guy.

932 days ago
35.

vicky    

What is Current TV?? Isn't Olbermann kind of a loud mouth
ignorant person? What would anyone hire him to host a television show?

932 days ago
36.

Gerri    

Olbermann is going to get his butt handed to him including the defendant's legal bills when he loses this lawsuit.

932 days ago
37.

Bob    

Keith. So awful entertaining !

932 days ago
38.

Kehwen    

I liked his commentary when he was at MSNBC, and thought he was very intelligent. But this arrogant, prima donna stuff - and his fiery departures from all his jobs - is really over the top. No one is that good, or that irreplacable. It's terrible to trash all his employers like that. He's laying the spoiled, bad-mannered, egotistical "enfant terrible" and it may be the end of his career.

932 days ago
39.

Kehwen    

I liked his commentary when he was at MSNBC, and thought he was very intelligent. But this arrogant, prima donna stuff - and his fiery departures from all his jobs - is really over the top. No one is that good, or that irreplacable. It's terrible to trash all his employers like that. He's simply a spoiled, egotistical "en

932 days ago
40.

drea    

how bout all those suckers pay me. for all they're rhetoric and bullsnaps... that those fools called news? why i gots to go to BBC to find out, unbiasedly, whats going on in this world?

932 days ago
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EastCoastChopper    

Keith is heading for the same network that Rich Sanchez works for... The no one will hire you network.
D bag fails to understand his stock value was marginal at best when he was booted from MSNBC...Now that he adds frivolous litigator and total diva dbag to the resume...He will be lucky to get some late night AM radio gig for 60K per year - ranting to the midnight shift taxi drivers in Detroit.

931 days ago
42.

CJ    

The only ones winning this p!ss!ng match will be the lawyers...
Ka Ching $$$

931 days ago
43.

Jackazz flatts    

He's a fruitcake who can't get along with grown ups. Olbum, you belong in a zoo.

931 days ago
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stan chaz    

Hey Current:You must REALLY be hard-up if you're fixated on a glass mug. Tell you what: I'll PAY for that glass mug that Keith smashed, if you kiss and make up! Keith was the bright light, the classy “chandelier” if you will (in his words) at CurrentTV. And they turned out the lights.....instead of trying to address his complaints and problems. Hey, when they say “Keith, you’re gonna be half-partner at Current” and they offer you 10 million a year, it implies that you’ll have SOME control over your work environment, your new home... no? And that you can get some time off if needed. Ahhhhh yes ....but of course....excuse me, I forgot : For we must contrast those nasty angry egotistic rich Liberal commentators (like Keith Olbermann) with…..the quiet, humble, self-effacing, ego-less, almost Budda-like qualities of Conservative commentators…..who work for zero$$, ...and who, no doubt, bicycle to work, so that they might not offend THEIR limo drivers. Chill out CurrentTV, and just take two (more) Viagras. But do me a favor- and DON’T call me in the morning. :-) The REAL question we should be asking is : Did CurrentTV simply USE Keith to gain attention and higher ratings? They KNEW what they were getting! Did they lure him with big bucks, and then drop him when they were done? Yes, we all know that Keith injects emotion and passion into his commentary, into his intelligent and incisive reporting, and into his humor….all of which makes his program interesting, as well as informative. He’s forceful, honest, and direct: you FEEL his pain, you FEEL his anger, and you FEEL his heart-felt sincerity when he covers a story. And he covers it well. He’s NEVER just another talking head! If Keith is absent from CurrentTV, then I too will be absent from CurrentTV. For Keith is one of the best – hands down- as evidenced by his outstanding coverage of OWS during the past year. No one even came CLOSE! I wish him well, and hope that he is back on the air soon. We need his unique voice and viewpoint! AND he's worth the $$$!

931 days ago
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