The Upshot

Keith Olbermann sues Current TV for millions

The Upshot

TMZ is reporting that fired broadcaster Keith Olbermann is suing his former employer Current TV for tens of millions of dollars. The Associated Press and CNN have also reported the suit.

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In this May 3, 2012 file photo, Keith Olbermann poses at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Current …

Olbermann, who came to Current from MSNBC less than a year ago, was fired late last week via a rather humiliating open letter from company honchos Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.  Olbermann's replacement: Eliot Spitzer.

Olbermann fired back via Twitter, and one quickly saw that this was one spat that wasn't going to go away anytime soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olbermann and his attorneys contend that Current TV committed "breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement."

But the hits don't stop there.

Business Insider reports that the language in the lawsuit is "heavy on the dramatics."  One choice bit:

"After being enticed to leave MSNBC and come to Current with promises of editorial control, freedom from corporate influence, and the professional support to produce high-caliber political commentary show of the type his viewers have come to expect, Keith Olbermann was disheartened to discover Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives."

Another:

"Hyatt created an environment in which major business errors and technical failures became commonplace and acceptable." The suit continues that when Olbermann rebuffed Hyatt's advances at friendship, "Hyatt reacted by withholding necessary production resources, disparaging Olbermann in the press," and much, much more.

Your move, Current.

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