Prima Donna

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 1, 2012

Why does anyone hire Keith Olbermann to do anything?

According to Mediaite, a source at Current TV said the formerCountdown host went through eight different car services while working at the network, complaining that the drivers “smelled” and “talked to him.”

Furthermore, though Olbermann’s $250,000 studio was built to his exact specifications, he allegedly refused to use the set when there were lighting problems back in December.  Not only that, but he refused to let guest hosts use the elaborate studio.

Current TV is also claiming that Olbermann refused to publicize the network and the show when he wasn’t hosting his program (and he took about half of January and February off).  They say he even barred his staff from sending out related Twitter updates, and prevented guest hosts from promoting the show. (Jealous that they would get better ratings, perhaps?)

I have no problem believing that a lot of this is true. It is, after all, entirely in keeping with a lot of bridge-burning behavior that Olbermann displayed in past jobs. So again, why does anyone hire him for anything? If I were running a hot dog stand, I would not put Keith Olbermann in charge of the condiments. If I were running a janitorial service, I would not hire Keith Olbermann to wash the floors. If I were in charge of a mannequin company, I would not hire Keith Olbermann to be a dummy–though that may actually be the most fitting career for him. And by the way, it says something about the judgment of a onetime candidate for the presidency of the United States that he chose to ignore all of the warning signs that anyone familiar with Olbermann’s career would have paid attention to, and hired him to bring credibility to a TV channel that was a joke before Olbermann arrived, and has become a bigger joke now that it has been forced to part ways with him.

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