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By United Press International   |   April 6, 2012 at 3:59 AM

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KEITH OLBERMANN: Television personality Keith Olbermann has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Current TV, his former employer.

The former "Countdown" host also accused the cable network of sabotage and disparagement in court papers filed Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Olbermann said he was fired without cause and is demanding between $50 million and $70 million in damages.

"This action is necessary as Current has repeatedly and willfully breached its written agreement with Olbermann, often continuing to do so after receiving specific notices to cure such breaches," the entertainment industry trade newspaper reported the complaint said.

Current TV issued a statement to THR calling Olbermann's lawsuit "false and malicious."

"We hope Mr. Olbermann understands that when it comes to the legal process, he is actually required to show up," the network said.

Current TV co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have said Olbermann was frequently absent from work, refused to promote other Current shows and no longer reflected the values on which the network was established.


MATT LAUER: "Today" show host Matt Lauer has signed a new long-term contract with NBC News in New York, the show's Web site said Thursday.

"We can officially share that he'll be in Studio 1A for a while longer," the online message said. "Matt will announce Friday morning on 'Today' that he has signed a new long-term contract with NBC News."

Lauer has been co-anchor of the "Today" show since Jan. 6, 1997. He joined the morning program in January 1994 as the news reader.


KAITLIN OLSON: U.S. television actress Kaitlin Olson has confirmed she gave birth Thursday to her second child, a son named Leo Grey McElhenney.

Olson married actor-writer-producer Rob McElhenney, her co-star on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," in 2008. They are also the parents of a 19-month-old son, Axel Lee.

People.com said the actress gave birth to little Leo at 1:15 a.m. Thursday at their home in Los Angeles.

"We are overjoyed," Olson said in a statement issued to the entertainment news Web site.


RON WOOD: British rocker Ron Wood, a longtime fan of "CSI: Miami," has penned a song for the 10th season finale of the crime drama series, CBS said.

"Coming Together" will be heard in Sunday's episode of the show.

"Not only am I the biggest fan of 'CSI: Miami,'" Wood said in a statement, "but I have made some great friends amongst the cast members. This song reflects their friendship and mine, and I hope will be a fitting comment for the season finale."

Kelly Jones of The Stereophonics sings on the track, while Wood's former Rolling Stones band-mate Mick Taylor plays guitar on the song and iconic rock n' roll producer Chris Kimsey produced it.

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