Keith Olbermann To Host Current Election Coverage -- After New Hampshire

A truce has been called between Keith Olbermann and Current TV. “Keith has agreed to host future special election coverage on Current. We hope that this will start after New Hampshire,” a spokesperson for the network confirms in a statement to EW. “We’re looking forward to insightful and impactful 2012 election analysis.”

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A truce has been called between Keith Olbermann and Current TV. “Keith has agreed to host future special election coverage on Current. We hope that this will start after New Hampshire,” a spokesperson for the network confirms in a statement to EW. “We’re looking forward to insightful and impactful 2012 election analysis.”

Olbermann made headlines last week when his show Countdown was preempted for live coverage of the Iowa caucuses. Current TV president David Bohrman sent an internal memo insisting Olbermann had been asked to headline its primary coverage but declined. Olbermann, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter countered, “I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable condition. They know it and we know it. Telling half the story is wrong.”

The New York Times attributed Olbermann’s passing on the hosting of primary specials as “frustration about technical difficulties that have plagued his 8 p.m. program.” Through THR, Olbermann issued a statement saying he considers Countdown‘s run on the underdog Current the program’s “best editions” — noting his team was the first to cover the Occupy movement and continue to do on a regular basis — and added, “The studio lights might go off, but the editorial illumination is better than ever.” (On Dec. 30, Olbermann tweeted that he’d informed the writer of that piece that “anybody who describes my disposition towards Current as “disgruntled” is either uninformed, working from a personal agenda, wrong — or all of the above.”)