Current TV unceremoniously ditches Keith Olbermann

Olbermann’s ratings were virtually non-existent during his brief tenure on the barely-watched Current TV, but it sounds like this firing had more to do with his, um, pleasant personality than anything else.

Gee, what a shock.

He will be replaced immediately by…Eliot Spitzer. Now that’s just cruel.

Current TV, the fledgling liberal cable channel, said Friday that it had terminated its relationship with Keith Olbermann, the anchor that it hired just one year ago.

In a letter to viewers, the channel said Friday: “We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before. Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.”

Mr. Olbermann will not be given an opportunity to sign off. Starting Friday night, the former New York governor Eliot Spitzer will replace him at 8 p.m.

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