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article imageOlbermann hints at hiring Weiner for Current TV show

By Michael Krebs     Jun 18, 2011 in Entertainment
In an appearance on NBC's 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' Current TV's Keith Olbermann hinted at hiring former Congressman Anthony Weiner for a show of his own.
Is Current TV becoming the television network for the otherwise rejected?
Appearing on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," former MSNBC news commentator Keith Olbermann, who is promoting his new "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" show on Current TV, suggested former Congressman Anthony Weiner could have a 9 pm slot on the Current TV schedule.
Current TV was founded by former US Vice President Al Gore, but the network has been struggling to find its voice.
“The idea that it’s just me coming over and putting a show on in the middle of this network is correct but temporary,” Olbermann told the Chicago Sun Times.
Congressman Weiner resigned on Thursday under pressure from his Democratic colleagues after a series of lewd and inappropriate communications with women across the country surfaced, including pictures of the congressman shirtless and of his penis.
However, Olbermann, a vocal and open Liberal, defended Weiner.
"He should have resigned and said 'I will let the people decide. You're going to have a special election anyway to replace me. I'll stand for the special election,'" Olbermann explained to Mr. Fallon. "Then that way the people would decide if this actually makes a difference to them."
Olbermann further explained the Weiner controversy as a media frenzy, referring to political journalists as "morons."
"Democrats don't support their own in these situations," Olbermann said. "Republicans love to be on the right side of a scandal like this because it doesn't happen that often. And then you get the media, and particularly the political media, most of whom are morons. So you give them something that they can actually understand: a penis."
Olbermann then hinted at "all sorts of rumors" about House Speaker John Boehner before ultimately eluding to the prospect of a show for former Congressman Weiner.
"Well, you know, I've got a nine o'clock show that I'm probably going to hire somebody for," Olbermann said. "Elliott Spitzer's doing OK on CNN at eight o'clock."
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