Has Keith Olbermann met his match?
The outspoken TV host—fired from his gig at Current TV on Friday—will square off in the court of public opinion with crisis public relations firm Fabiani & Lehane, which the television network hired in the wake of the high-profile dismissal.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“Veterans of the Clinton administration, Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane specialize in steering politicians through public scandals. Newsweek dubbed them ‘Masters of Disaster’ for their work on behalf of the Clintons during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky imbroglios.”
Fabiani also represented Lance Armstrong during his doping scandal, according to THR
On Friday, the progressive TV network (co-founded by Al Gore) announced
that it had dismissed Olbermann, replacing him with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Among the grounds for dismissal were frequent absences, failure to promote the network, and disparagement of the station’s executives, according to a termination letter cited by The New York Times
After news of the firing became public, Olbermann took to Twitter, unleashing a barrage of tweets
in which he mentioned taking legal action against the network and denying their claims. THR
said Olbermann hired Patricia Glaser, a top Hollywood attorney who represented Conan O’Brien in his dispute with NBC.
Among the tweets Olbermann retweeted over the weekend was one from a woman calling herself a “career communicator,” who said
: “I can say that @current was beyond amateur in its ‘promotion’ of @KeithOlbermann Blew only chance to grow audience.”
Olbermann also issued a statement
via Twitter in which he apologized to his viewers and his staff for the “failure of Current TV.”