Al Gore's 'Current TV' even further down the tubes – Olbermann fired

Readers may recall I reported last year on Al Gore’s attempt to prop up slumping viewership in his mishmash of programming satellite channel Current TV by hiring Keith Olbermann. It seems that idea didn’t work out well and I can’t say I’m unhappy with this news:

Founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have issued a big bloviating statement saying that Elliot Spitzer will replace Olbermann which you can read here. Yeah, like anyone is going to watch that.

I got a kick out of this part of their statement:

All of these additions to Current’s lineup are aimed at achieving one simple goal — the goal that has always been central to Current’s mission: To tell stories no one else will tell, to speak truth to power, and to influence the conversation of democracy on behalf of those whose voices are too seldom heard.

In that case Al, tell me when you are going to do a report on your “high school science” that couldn’t even get the basics right. See Al Gore and Bill Nye FAIL at doing a simple CO2 experiment. No one else seems to want to tell that story, so I’ll offer it to you free of charge, just say the word.

In related news, I also hear that Al Gore is exploring a new climate game show concept with these guys to be called “Wheel of Forecasts”…

MIT’s “wheel of climate” – image courtesy Donna Coveney/MIT



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Benjamin D Hillicoss

Al Al Al need to rename the channel the ” not so current channel” spitzer is so 2008

Jenn Oates

What a week it’s been.

Tim Minchin

wheel of climate imgae link is dead


I guess he’ll have a spot for Anthony Weiner too since he seems to give politicians disgraced by sex scandals a second shot.


Now that the Canadian Supreme Court has all but legalized brothels maybe Elliot should start saying eh, eh!

Brian H

Olbermann too whacked even for Gore? That’s quite an achievement. It won’t be long before he’s panhandling with a sign, “Will anonce for fud”. 😉

Viewpoint with Eliot Sptizer? Current’s going for the X-Rated now?


Another brilliant move Al.
Let’s have a warm round of applause for Client 9!! Gee, I wonder what his viewpoint will be. Oh, the suspense…

R. Shearer

And then one of Al’s female admirers says climate change scepticism is a sicknesS that must be treated.

Mac the Knife

Yet another shining example of a person whose progenitors should have used the ‘polar bear condoms’ from VHEMT.

Maybe Air America, er, NOVA M, er, On Second Thought, er, whatever it is now will hire Olbermann?
Or Al Franken?

Chuck L

Olbermann got fired by ESPN, MSNBC, and now Current TV. I wonder who will fire him next?

Mike McMillan

Bunch of ingrates.
Imagine, firing the most intelligent guy on the network.

Mac the Knife

R. Shearer says:
March 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm
Judging from the picture of Professor Kari Norgaard shown on the link you provided, she has already tried the electroshock therapy repeatedly… and liked it!


On March 30, 2012, Current announced that Keith Olbermann would no longer host a show on their network. A statement released by network founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt explained the network’s “values are no longer reflected” in Current’s relationship with Olbermann, and that former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will host “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer” in the time slot previously occupied by Olbermann.

current TV was carried in 2007 in the UK on the VirginMedia Cable Network ( Basically the only national cable network we have, but it’s more mainstream than many Americans might think in relation to the Cable TV you have over there. There is little comparison, we don’t have those horrific local channels paid for by all manner of lunatics and if I’m quite honest, Current TV was exactly that type of programming and a very odd choice for UK TV, cable or otherwise ) and on Murdoch’s Sky TV sattelite network. Both parties dropped Current TV from their line-up in January of this year.
As of now there is no way to view it in the UK. But given so few did I doubt it will be missed.
Personally I’d taken little notice of it. There was a selection of liberal hand-wringing going on whenever I flicked past it so I moved on. I always was under the assumption that it had something to do with Google rather than Al Gore and Yahoo. But of course I never had enough interest to follow up and find out. I’m sure this news about Olbermann being sacked is of great interest in the USA but frankly in Europe, we don’t know, or care who these people are.


So all three parties involved, just told us we can’t trust their judgement…..
…and one of them is having to deal with the fact that he was fired….and replaced by Spitzer the same day


The reason for Olberman’s firing according to an update at TPM is failing to show up for work on a contractual obligatory work day, he asked for the day off before super Tuesday and was told to be on air, didn’t show.


still having issues posting comments even when logged into wordpress ( something I don’t wish to do )
I heard you were considering moving platforms Anthony. Please do.

Steve from Rockwood

What global warming giveth, Current TV taketh away.

Reed Coray

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

TG McCoy (Douglas DC)

Actually I’m going to miss Dolberman…


My inner child wants to say “First Rosey and now John. It must be hard being a leftist nutter” but I’ll just recall the good parenting I got and waste no words on the matter.


Chuck L says:
March 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm
“Olbermann got fired by ESPN, MSNBC, and now Current TV. I wonder who will fire him next?
Donald Trump, first round.


Elliot Spitzer…who’s that? Oh! That guy. Wow.


Chuck L says:
March 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Olbermann got fired by ESPN, MSNBC, and now Current TV. I wonder who will fire him next?

Nobody (you assume somebody will hire him).
I feel sorry for Olbermann–how’d you like to be replaced by Elliot Spitzer?

Maybe he and Glenn Beck could do something together.


I feel sorry for Olbermann–how’d you like to be replaced by Elliot Spitzer?
Feel totally free to moderate this comment but there’s a sloppy seconds joke in their somewhere.
Okay, now I’m feeling contrite. How many carbon credits do I need to buy to demonstrate my repentance?


Don’t worry Big Al. Some liberal politician will introduce the “fairness doctrine” so that the media will be forced to play fair. Of course, to a liberal, fair is a code-word for agreeing with them. That is what they want, but you can’t say that directly, so the idea has to be masked by another word. The ones that preach tolerance are the most intolerant of them all.

It wasn’t until this very moment that I realized the Hyatt fellow involved with Current TV is that same horrible man that ran for Senator in Ohio and lost to Dewine. He was the hand-picked successor to Metzenbum, but fortunately for us “Metzenbum” didn’t have the same panache as “Kennedy” and was unable to setup a family dynasty. Hyatt and Gore deserve each other: the two dullest speaker in america, IMHO.
“I’m iqvoice and you have my word on it!” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you are younger than 30 or not from Ohio. LUN.


Ed Mertin says:
March 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Maybe he and Glenn Beck could do something together.

Would that be a remake of, say, the Hannity and Colmes daily confrontation?
Really, Ed. I don’t think you’ve ever watched Beck’s program but if you have, you should probably stick with Olberman or Colmes; Beck is the polar opposite of both and isn’t your guy.


Watched the last few minutes of Viewpoint tonight. Spitzer had another Current host on with him talking about science and a recent poll indicating that conservatives have lost trust in science. They went on to explain the reason was that conservatives didn’t like what the science was telling them, so rather than succumb to the truth of global warming they rejected the truth. No mention of Climategate or Gleick or hockey sticks, or any other problem with AGW theory, or any reference to any studies or papers of any kind. They made the usual claim that oil companies spent billions of $’s on anti-warming propaganda, and connected that with tobacco companies spending Billions of $’s on propaganda about smoking not causing cancer. But, what do you expect on Al Gore TV?
Olberman was bad, Spitzer is no better. Leftist blather.

William McClenney

kcom says:
March 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm
“I feel sorry for Olbermann–how’d you like to be replaced by Elliot Spitzer?”
“Feel totally free to moderate this comment but there’s a sloppy seconds joke in their somewhere.”
Let’s just say the competition is getting stiff for WUWT quote of the year, and it’s not even April!

Skeptic Tank

Current doesn’t flow with zero potential.

I know some may ridicule what Al Gore is trying to do with Current TV, even though I don’t share the political views aired, I support the effort. I’m a firm believer that dissenting POV’s, even the the more radical progressive side, should have a forum. I believe this so strongly that I’ve given donations to the Pacifica Radio Network. Sometimes, it’s good to hear from the other side, as they may bring up an angle on a topic you might not have considered that might be useful in you understanding of the full scope of the matter.
I mean, isn’t that what we do here concerning climate science?

The “Current” comments section is a blast.

Joe Ryan

Well, when you are looking to recover an air of loyalty you can’t do better than a strong family guy like Client 9 Eliot Spitzer.
Why do I have a feeling tat Cuurent TVs only idea of “loyalty” is to the dying green message?


Al Gore and Joel Hyatt were heard to say … “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” … or something like that.

Philip Finck

What channel????? Al whoooo…. this doesn’t even register in Canada.


OH So Sweet!!!!!!


Al put a lot more money into Fizzle TV PLLLLEASE – LOL

Dr. Dave

What? They couldn’t get Ed Schultz?


Olbermann released his own statement via TwitLonger.
………..”In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.”

I don’t get to watch TV much, maybe some day I’ll own my own channel that I’ll never watch.

Paul Westhaver

You have to know where you are and when you are. Right now the skeptics are running the show. Al Gore is a clown. It is up to us to now seize the moment by keeping the pressure on.
Tim Ball et al managed to convince the government of Canada to lead the world in reeling in the global warming excesses while at the same time Al Gore world is caving in on him.

R. Shearer

Mac the Knife, am I shallow if I suggest a debate between Kari Norgard and Jo Nava? vs.

Richard Patton

I work for a cable company and I had no clue what Current TV was until I saw this blog. Their biggest failing (in my opinion) was that unlike other networks, they didn’t have their programming info in the guide. You never knew what was going to be on until it aired. It was almost like they felt that they were the only channel on TV and it didn’t matter if you knew what coming on because you weren’t going anywhere.


Scrub Rinse Repeat Scrub Rinse Repeat

lol, from my post about it…..
There’s a huge shake up in an unwatched TV channel!!! And, the channel is replacing one unwatched has-been with another washed up never-really-was-watched, so viewers can continue to not watching the channel.
Keith Olbermann has been fired by Current TV, the network announced Friday. He will be replaced by former New York governor and CNN host Eliot Spitzer. I’m wondering if Gore understands why Spitzer is a former host?

Mickey Reno

So, no happy ending for Olbermann, then?