Current TV blasted former anchor Keith Olbermann’s $70 million lawsuit Friday, calling his complaint “frivolous” and “riddled with falsehoods and distortions.”
In a countersuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the cable network stated “Olbermann told David Letterman and a national television audience that his termination by Current TV was ‘my fault’ and ‘I screwed up.’ Two days later, he apparently forgot what he said.”
The complaint refers to Olbermann’s April 3 appearance on the CBS late night show. It should be pointed out that Olbermann seemed to be suggesting that he erred by joining Current in the first place. But Current’s statement maintains that Olbermann “did, in fact, ‘screw up,’ and did so willfully.”
“Current seeks a determination that it is no longer obligated to pay Mr. Olbermann who, having already been paid handsomely for showing up sporadically and utterly failing to keep his end of the bargain, now seeks to be paid tens of millions more for not working at all,” reads the complaint.
Current goes on to accuse Olbermann of breaking confidentiality by leaking the terms of his contract to the media, failing to promote the network on other Current shows, taking unauthorized days off and refusing to participate in the network’s caucus and primary election coverage (then changing his mind).