For the third time in his lustrous media career, Keith Olbermann announced his departure from ESPN, albeit on good terms. Olbermann revealed the news on social media Wednesday evening, informing his followers of plans to launch a political show on YouTube.
Olbermann is essentially leaving ESPN because he doesn’t want to stick to sports and will instead create a political show. Although ESPN has recently taken a more tolerant approach with its ‘stick to sports’ policy, Olbermann expressed support for the previously implemented directive.
“I have adhered to [ESPN’s] desire for their sportscasters to refrain from purely political commentary (an approach with which I largely agree), and they have now agreed with my desire to go and serve my country by focusing my energy on political commentary,” Olbermann tweeted Tuesday.
That political commentary will come in the form of a YouTube show with an imminent focus on the election called The Worst Person in the World. Although we can make assumptions about who Olbermann is referring to in The Worst Person in the World, the title share’s its name with a segment on Olbermann’s former MSNBC show Countdown which stopped production nearly a decade ago.
“You didn’t think I was going to sit out this election did you?” Olbermann asked before giving a laugh at the end of a video he posted on social media.
The appetite for political commentary is high right now, but that will likely drop after the election takes place next month, assuming a presidential candidate concedes defeat on the night of Nov. 3. It will be interesting to see how long Olbermann’s desire to reenter the political tumult extends beyond the 2020 presidential election.
The iconic SportsCenter anchor has gone back and forth between sports and politics throughout his career, having worked for ESPN, MSNBC, Current TV, FOX Sports, GQ and now YouTube. His most recent tenure with ESPN restarted in Jan. 2018, beginning with intermittent appearances, but increasing throughout the ensuing months.
Olbermann’s new political series for YouTube will begin Oct. 7, with episodes expected to be available daily at 5pm ET.
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