Keith Olbermann to Return to ESPN2
BRISTOL (WGGB) — Anchor and host Keith Olbermann is returning to the network he helped get off the ground. He has finalized a deal for a late night show on ESPN2, which he helped begin back in 1993, and is expected to make the announcement Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Olbermann first made his name as a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN, alongside Dan Patrick. The duo quickly became the most popular and memorable pairing in the network’s history.
However, much like his talented former-partner, Olbermann is well-known for his clashes with ESPN management. He left the network in 1997, being told that he was banned from the networks in Bristol, Conn. He said at the time that the relationship was irreparable.
Olbermann bounced around between MSNBC, Fox Sports Net, and CNN before landing back at MSNBC to host his own show, “Countdown,” in 2003. He left the show in 2011.
He is reuniting with ESPN shortly after agreeing to lead TBS’ Atlanta-based studio show during the MLB’s Wild Card, League Division Series, and the National League Championship Series playoff games.
In his new gig with ESPN, Olbermann will cover topics from sports to pop culture, but the agreement stipulates that he cannot discuss politics. The New York City-based show will be in an ABC studio overlooking Times Square. It is set to begin later this year.