Keith Olbermann has burned a lot of bridges, but seems eager to build one back to ESPN.
The anchor, who is suing his most recent employer, Current TV, has made several overtures to the sports network he left in 1997, the New York Times reports
. His efforts included a recent dinner with ESPN president John Skipper.
Skipper told the newspaper he had dinner with the former “Sportscenter” cohost because he believed Olbermann would be “provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with.” He added that Olbermann “was indeed lots of fun.”
“Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back,” Skipper said.
But he did not come away ready to rehire the notoriously difficult Olbermann, who left MSNBC on bad terms before he joined Current.
“After the dinner, at that point, there was no real appropriate place for Keith to come back, nor did I feel like I was prepared to bring him back,” Skipper told the Times. He explained that it is difficult to rehire talent at ESPN, because “when somebody leaves, somebody else fills their place.”
Olbermann’s charm offensive apparently includes his comment to the Times, in which he lavished Skipper with praise: “I had the privilege to spend some time with John Skipper,” he said. “His vision and charm were readily apparent, and judging by his leadership, his family name was prophetic.”
Via The Wrap
For those not too keen on what happened in the past with Olberjerk and ESPN
From an older kinda self doc about him.
|As an employee, Olbermann was his own kind of Worst Person in the World. His sense of superiority and caustic vibe eventually cost him gigs and friends at three networks. How naughty was he? Olbermann was the only former ESPN star not invited back for the sports network’s 25th anniversary (he’s allowed to participate on Patrick’s radio show only because Patrick promised that Olbermann would never set foot on the network’s Bristol, Connecticut, campus).
....He was fired from his first stint at MSNBC after he denounced his own show in a commencement address at his alma mater. Fox hired him to host its major-league baseball Game of the Week and then sent him home with a year left on his contract simply for being a malcontent.
Still, where some saw a brash breath of fresh air, others saw a self-righteous gasbag. And despite the show’s unprecedented success (Olbermann and Patrick were SportsCenter’s most popular duo), Olbermann was a world-class agitator. He began firing off thousand-word memos to management, lobbying on causes from saner hours for lowly production assistants to profit-sharing for ESPN employees who were helping the network generate billions. Along the way, he won a reputation as a miserable jerk. “Of all the people I’ve known inside and outside of the business, he was the unhappiest,” recalls a SportsCenter staffer. “Sometimes, at the end of the night, I’d leave early just so I wouldn’t have to give him a ride home. And it wasn’t out of my way.”
In a nut shell. ESPN still doesn't like Olberjerk, wants nothing to do with him, and it will be funny watching him try and worm his way back in.