Former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann is returning to the place that made him a household name, ESPN. A source at the channel confirms that Olbermann will host a new late-night talk show on ESPN2, covering sports and pop culture, with the official announcement expected later today.
Update: It is official, details here, and more to come later.
In the NY Times, ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun author James Andrew Miller has more:
On his new show, Olbermann will be free to discuss matters other than sports, including pop culture and current events, but not politics, the two-year pact specifies…
While some ESPN insiders reportedly voiced the opinion that Olbermann was part of the network’s past, not its future, his star quality is almost unmatched in the sports television arena; he seems to draw a crowd.
Olbermann is expected to host his show from the ABC “Nightline” studio overlooking Times Square.
This is the second new soports job that Olbermann has secured in recent months. He will host TBS’ studio coverage of the MLB Playoffs later this year. At the time he said he was open to pursuing other opportunities as well.
Olbermann was one of the originalco-anchors of “SportsCenter,” where, alongside Dan Patrick, he made the program a household name. Last year, PRNewser attended a panel with Olbermann and Patrick, which may have foreshadowed the current move.