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Keith Olbermann sues ex-bosses at Current TV for more than $50 million, cites show's glitches
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Keith Olbermann is moving his grievances with his former bosses at Current TV from the airwaves to the courtroom, suing the network for more than $50 million and blasting it for what he claims were shoddy production values.
Olbermann's breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday also seeks a judge's ruling that he didn't disparage the network before his firing, and that his former bosses violated his agreement by disclosing how much he was being paid.
The suit makes several attacks on Current co-founder Joel Hyatt and network President David Borman, claiming they were responsible for many of his show's problems.
Olbermann's lawsuit comes less than a week after he was fired and two days after he attacked his former employers on David Letterman's late-night talk show.
"Current's dysfunction permeated all levels of the organization," the lawsuit states. "After being on the air for nearly eight months ' long after all 'growing pains' should have ceased ' Current still couldn't manage to, literally, keep the lights on."
The complaint describes a litany of technical issues, including shoddy equipment that wouldn't work if it rained, "terrible sound and filming" of the show, guests who were abruptly dropped from the air, busted teleprompters and an earpiece that malfunctioned.
The talk show host claims he may be owed in excess of $70 million, and that the mismanagement at Current has damaged its value. He has an ownership stake in the network, according to the case.
Current was also co-founded by Vice President Al Gore.
A spokeswoman said the network does not have an immediate comment on Olbermann's lawsuit.