The network announced Olbermann, who worked for the network from 1992 to 1997 and was best known as co-host of "Sportscenter," will be the host of his own show, "Olbermann," set to premiere at 11 p.m. Aug. 26 on ESPN2, the Bleacher Report reported Wednesday.
"Keith is a one-of-a-kind personality and these shows will be appointment viewing for that very reason," ESPN President John 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 spent time as a political commentator with shows including "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC and the Current TV network, with which he recently ended a troubled relationship. ESPN said pop culture and current events will play into Olbermann's new show, but politics will be kept out of the mix.