Everything old is new again for Keith Olbermann and ESPN.
ESPN President John Skipper announced today that Keith Olbermann will return to ESPN August 26th to host a live, late night talk show on ESPN2.
The program will be titled simply Olbermann, and will, according to ESPN PR, “focus on the day’s relevant sports topics through a mix of perspective and commentary, interviews, contributors, panel discussions and highlights.”
Olbermann spent the early part of his career host programming on “The Duece” before being pared with Dan Patrick on SportsCenter. The careers of both men skyrocketed as a result of their pairing. Recently Olbermann has worked a host on both MSNBC and Current. He also was a host on NBC’s Football Night in America from 2007-2009. He will serve as host of post-season baseball coverage on TBS this fall.
“Keith is a one-of-a-kind personality and these shows will be appointment viewing for that very reason,” Skipper said. “Keith brings a blend of editorial sophistication and unpredictability — you can never be sure what you’ll get. Olbermann on ESPN2 gives viewers the quality late-night complement to ESPN’s SportsCenter in the same way we’ve developed distinct show options across our networks the rest of the day.”
Olbermann noted: “Apart from the opportunity to try to create a nightly hour of sports television that no fan can afford to miss, I’m overwhelmed by the chance to begin anew with ESPN. I’ve been gone for 16 years and not one day in that time has passed without someone connecting me to the network. Our histories are indelibly intertwined and frankly I have long wished that I had the chance to make sure the totality of that story would be a completely positive one. I’m grateful to friends and bosses – old and new – who have permitted that opportunity to come to pass. I’m not going to waste it.”
ESPN will announce more details on the show in the coming weeks.