How Al Gore Offered Keith Olbermann a Job
The former vice president reached out to Olbermann less than 24 hours after he stepped down from MSNBC.
Less than 24 hours after Keith Olbermann anchored his last edition of Countdown on Jan. 21, Al Gore placed a call to his friend inviting him to join Current TV.
“We’ve been friends for a while,” Gore told The Hollywood Reporter during a press breakfast in New York on Wednesday.
A contract was quickly hammered out. But it was Gore who convinced Olbermann to join the network, say sources. The former vice president and co-founder of Current was a fan of Countdown where he had also been a guest in the past. RELATED: Tim Goodman’s analysis of the move.
Olbermann’s Current show will likely premiere in late May, when the non-compete clause in his exit agreement with NBC Universal will have reached its conclusion.
Sources tell THR that that agreement also stipulates that Olbermann cannot work for any network considered a competitor.
“He had no choice but to go to a place like Current because his non-compete excluded just about every other place,” said an MSNBC insider.
Current averaged 18,000 homes in primetime for fourth quarter 2010, lower than any other network measured by Nielsen.