Who's the Boss? Al Gore Gives Keith O 'The Talk'
By Rob Shuter Posted Feb 10th 2011 09:30AM
It's only been a couple days since Keith Olbermann announced he's the new chief news officer at Al Gore's cable channel Current Media, and already I'm hearing rumblings from within the struggling network that the ex-MSNBC'er has been told to chain up his considerable ego at the door.
"No doubt Al is very happy to have Keith join his network," one Current TV insider tells me. "Yet Keith is a double-edged sword. He'll attract a huge amount of media and viewers to the network, but let's be honest, he's a total pain in the ass to deal with."
I'm hearing the former VP has already given Keith the old 'Hey, you do know I'm the boss, right?' speech.
Keith's new role will be producing and hosting a new nightly prime-time news and opinion show at Current that insiders tell me will be very similar in tone to his defunct 'Countdown' show. Keith will also have equity in Current Media that could be very lucrative if he manages to attract the number of viewers he assumes he will.
"In a world where there are fewer and fewer opportunities to hear truly distinct, unfettered voices on television, we are delighted to provide Olbermann with the independent platform and freedom that Current can and does uniquely offer," read Al's statement.
Let's hope things work out better than they did at MSNBC!
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