Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Keith Olbermann heading for a pimpslap?

Media: I think being the biggest ant in the colony has gone to his head.

Now that Dan Abrams has given up his MSNBC show to run the third-place cable news outlet, he might want to focus on the rising tensions between two of his prime-time personalities: Keith Olbermann and Rita Cosby. Olbermann, whose "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" airs weeknights at 8, apparently has precious little respect for Cosby, whose "Rita Cosby: Live & Direct" airs at 10 p.m. "Rita's nice," Olbermann wrote to a fan from his MSNBC E-mail account, "but dumber than a suitcase of rocks." Yesterday Cosby retorted: "Keith got it wrong. I'm not that nice." ....In his E-mail, Olbermann was also dismissive of then-MSNBC President Rick Kaplan, who left the network last week with six months to go on his three-year contract. "And Kaplan?" Olbermann wrote to his fan. "He was the producer of that special last night — now known as the Kanye West Show." It was a reference to an embarrassing incident during NBC's Hurricane Katrina telethon on which the popular rapper departed from his script to claim President Bush "doesn't care about black people." ....Olbermann, who didn't comment yesterday, was said to be on vacation — though he managed to turn up Monday night at a book party for Al Gore at the American Museum of Natural History. There, the media blog asked Olbermann — who was accompanied by "his self-described 'friend' Katie" — if he'll now be answering to Abrams. "I don't answer to anybody," Olbermann insisted. We'll see.
Oh my, I do believe Olbermann is calling Abrams out. If Abrams doesn't want his authority dented he will have to call Keith into the office and ask him about this little comment. I called Abrams the Isiah Thomas of cable news, I guess Keith is the Stephen Marbury of cable shows. Come on Dan, man it up! **Update** Via Drudgereport. NBC EXECUTIVES MEET OVER MORE OLBERMANN EMAILS SET FOR PUBLICATION, SAY SOURCES... DEVELOPING...

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