Something unexpected sometimes comes out of burning every bridge when you leave town - the people left behind are not always that crazy to have you come back to visit.
Keith Olbermann is learning that lesson the hard way these days. Almost a year to the day since he quit at Current TV, Olbermann has been sitting quietly on the sidelines waiting for his next job. And, according to the president of ESPN, the job Olbermann has his heart set on is one he had before.
John Skipper, who joined ESPN after Olbermann's time, talked to the New York Times recently about Olbermann's attempts to arrange a meeting. Skipper was not with the network when Olbermann appeared on SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997.
“Keith Olbermann, both personally and through a couple people I know, reached out to say, ‘Gee, I would love to have dinner,’” said Skipper. “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he’d be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat. He is very interesting."
The report says that Olbermann has been trying to land a job with the company since that meeting, with little luck. Weird that a TV network would not be that interested in a personality who left on a sour note and is suing his last bosses for more than $50 million in damages.