Keith Olbermann leaves ESPN again for return to politics

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Keith Olbermann is leaving ESPN again. This time, he insisted it’s on good terms.

Olbermann announced on Twitter that he will be offering political commentary on a new YouTube show, “The Worst Person in the World,” that begins on Wednesday.

“I’ve left ESPN in every different way imaginable,” he wrote. “And while only once was it unpleasant, this time it is truly on happy terms.”

Olbermann, 61, returned to ESPN for his third stint at the network in 2018. He worked on a variety of shows, hosting “SportsCenter” and even calling a few baseball games. The first time he left ESPN, it was a contentious split.

Politics is nothing new for him. He worked for MSNBC, hosting “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” from 2003-11 and served as a correspondent for the GQ web series “The Resistance with Keith Olbermann” in 2016.

“As good as the hands-on reporting is, as good as they are at ferreting out and describing what’s wrong, I see the cable and broadcast networks still hesitant to say, ‘That’s a lie’ or, ‘This is disloyal to the Constitution’ or, ‘This is an attempt to establish the preface to a dictatorship — or at least authoritarianism,’” Olbermann told the Washington Post. “I think it’s fair to say that conservatives in politics and media know a little bit better what to bring to a knife fight. Liberals — and I’m hearing it from Joe Biden — say, ‘Well, there are Republicans we can work with,’ and I’m like, ‘I can’t hear you; I’m getting the flamethrower ready.’ I’m going to bring the flamethrower.”

Olbermann didn’t rule out returning to ESPN for special shows or anniversaries.

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