ESPN Denies Report on Keith Olbermann Censorship

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ESPN has denied a story by the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that claimed the network wants host Keith Olbermann to suspend commentary from his program.

“Keith has never been told any topic is off limits for his commentary nor has continuation of it been part of any conversation about his future at the company,” the company said in a statement.

Olbermann, who hosts a self-titled show on ESPN2, is widely known for his outspoken behavior and has been reprimanded in the past by both ESPN and his previous employer, MSNBC.

In its story, the Hollywood Reporter wrote that ESPN management “signaled their discomfort with Olbermann’s commentaries” following Bill Simmons’ exit from the cabler this year. Simmons, like Olbermann, has been critical of several high-profile authorities in the sports world, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the Ray Rice case.

ESPN has also reprimanded other on-air contributors this past year, including Stephen A. Smith for his comments on domestic abuse following the Ray Rice suspension as well as Keith Law for his remarks on evolution.

Olbermann, 56, has a two-year deal with ESPN that ends in August.

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  1. rhughsirius says:

    More importantly: Why does a sack of excrement need to wear glasses? Well Keith?

  2. rhughsirius says:

    That’s Olbermann’s biggest problem: He’s a common-tater. No spud intended.

  3. MBK says:

    It’s Olbermann’s penchant for blasting culturally tone deaf poobahs like Goodell and others that makes Keith one of the most entertaining commentators in sports media or any media. Occasionally his cantankerous diatribes may stray off base, but he’s a righteous cultural warrior with a razor sharp intellect, a devastating wit, and a fearless commitment to telling it like it is. It’s unfortunate that we rarely hear from him on politics these days. Talk show talent bookers should be eating him up.

  4. cadavra says:

    Hey, MSNBC, wanna get your ratings back up? Sign him the moment his ESPN contract expires. Yeah, he can be a pain in the ass, but it’ll be worth it, especially with the GOP Klown Kar filling up fast!

    • Alex says:

      I bet you thought David Gregory going to “Meet the Press” and Rosie O’Donut returning to “The View” were great ideas. Olberman repels most human beings.

  5. BillUSA says:

    Keith Olbermann should be censored from planet Earth in every possible way.

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