Earlier today we posted the story and video Wednesday of a 1980s Keith Olbermann on the short-lived late-night Pat Sajak show. Sajak had taken credit — or was rather apologizing for — introducing Olbermann to America. Well tonight, Olbermann responded to, and corrected Sajak’s account.
Pat Sajak did not introduce me to America. I started on CNN the same year he started on “Wheel” (1981) and by the time I guested on his show in 1989, I’d already spent three years as a national sports correspondent for CNN, had a feature done on me by The Today Show (1986), been on the CBS Evening News (1988), and begun guest-hosting on ESPN (1989).
I think if he needs to apologize for anything it needs to be that talk show. When he was canceled, he was replaced by a crime-and-skin series called “Silk Stalkings,” for God’s sake. Obviously we guests must’ve really stunk.