Olbermann talks way to MSNBC

Keith Olbermann, who departed ESPN after 5-1/2 years as one of its chief anchors on “SportsCenter,” comes off his summertime sabbatical Sept. 29 with the debut of his nightly MSNBC issues-oriented talkshow “The Big Show With Keith Olbermann.”

“The Big Show” has yet to receive a firm timeslot but will run weeknights in primetime, according to an MSNBC spokeswoman. It will feature nightly commentaries from the droll Olbermann as well as interviews with newsmakers and major personalities on a broad range of topics.

“I’m very excited about it,” Olbermann said. “I’ll have a broad interview show to do almost anything every night — a chance to have it be serious one night, funny the next and both the third.”

While Olbermann referred to “SportsCenter” as “The Big Show” while he was on the air at ESPN, it was not the technical name of the series, so there is no conflict with MSNBC concerning the title. It also is the title of a book Olbermann co-wrote with fellow ESPN anchor Dan Patrick.

Olbermann left ESPN out of a desire to live closer to New York City than the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., afforded him.

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