Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 7/18/13
One of the most polarizing anchors in ESPN’s history, Keith Olbermann is making his way back to Bristol. Olbermann, who made a name for himself on SportsCenter with Dan Patrick, left of some bad terms in 1997. He since has had been on shows that aired on MSNBC, Current, and FOX in the political genre of television. Now Keith will have his own show called “Olbermann.” (naturally) It will air on ESPN2 starting on August 26th at 11 PM EST. The show will be titled Olbermann. The show is said to be combining commentary, interviews, highlights and panel discussions. Knowing that he will have to answer the many questions surrounding his 1997 departure from ESPN, he quickly made it clear that he wants to focus on the present and future and keeping the past behind him. Keith said that he wants to “put a different ending to my relationship with ESPN. We can’t go back and undo everything that happened 20 years ago, but I would do my best to correct as much of it as I can and I appreciate the fresh start.” Keith went into further detail about looking toward the future. He said, “I’m as excited about that prospect as I am about the show itself, and I’m pretty excited about the show. I could apologize a thousand times and we could get anybody who ever took offense to anything I ever did and bring them all into one place, we probably need Yankee Stadium and I point to everybody and say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’ and we could do it that way or I could do it as a mass blanket thing, but practically speaking all that is going to make a difference in how I conduct myself.” An observer from the TV world, Robert Thompson said this could be a great move for both parties. He calls Olbermann, “one of the biggest names that ever came out of” ESPN and thinks his celebrity is a great boost for the network. Thompson goes on to say, “He strikes me as a guy who is going to do what he’s going to do. And I’m not sure anything can stop it, including himself.” Olbermann said ESPN will let him talk about politics, but he will bring up those topics if he deems it necessary.  He says that “If the House is considering a bill to make (performance-enhancing drug) use a capital offense, we’ll cover it.” The president of ESPN, John Skipper is looking forward to see what Olbermann can do on his show. Skipper believes that Keith and his show, “makes us better,” and that “We don’t ultimately have to work through anything except my having some discussions and being sensitive to some of the previous issues, having some conversations with some of those folks. It was ultimately my decision about whether the merits of Keith’s singular talents and being on this show. It is my getting some comfort with Keith. It is much more about what Keith is going to do than what people at ESPN have in their memory.” I just hope that there is an episode that Olbermanm goes off on one of his fanatical rants so Ben Affleck can do another skit on him on SNL. (Go to the 2:00 mark).
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