In this photo taken Jan. 13, 1996, and provided by ESPN Images, ESPN on air personality Keith Olbermann poses for a photo on the “SportsCenter” studio set in Bristol, Conn. Olbermann, who rose to prominence as a “SportsCenter” anchor from 1992-97 before one of several contentious departures that have marked his career, is rejoining ESPN to host a late-night show, the network said Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Rick LaBranche)
Keith Olbermann dreaded that he’d be remembered as the guy who rose to stardom at ESPN then left less than amicably.
“I don’t want that to be in the obituary, flatly,” he said on a conference call Wednesday.
So now he’s returning to the company as a late-night host, insisting that, this time, a gig won’t end badly.
Olbermann expressed gratitude for “this chance to put a different ending on the story of my relationship with ESPN.”
“We are indelibly intertwined,” he said. “I know that we can’t go back and undo everything that happened 20 years ago in those environs. But I would like to do my best to correct as much of it as I can. I appreciate the fresh start. We’ll see how much success I can get in that way, and how much success I can get in the way of the show.
“But I’m going to do my damnedest for both.”
“Olbermann,” which premieres Aug. 26, will generally air at 11 p.m. ET Monday-Friday on ESPN2, depending on live event coverage on the channel. Executives hope the show can exploit the Login to read more