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Keith Olbermann manages to make his way back to TV

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   June 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM   |   Comments

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June 5 (UPI) -- Keith Olbermann was fired from Current TV in March 2012 and spent months in a $50 million lawsuit with his former employer. Before Current, he left MSNBC after clashing with network management.

Job openings for his skill set do not come by often, and his vitriolic nature puts him in a controversial spot for future jobs, despite his loyal following.

Olbermann now gets to return to the small screen with a job at TBS to lead Major League Baseball post-season coverage, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show, which is based in Atlanta, is co-hosted by Dennis Eckersley, and will cover the National League Championship Series and most of the League Division Series games.

Olbermann started his career in sports reporting at CNN in 1981 and is an avid Yankees fan with "encyclopedic knowledge" of the game. He spent several years co-hosting ESPN's "SportsCenter" until he abandoned that job over differences. He was eventually banned from ESPN's offices in Bristol, Conn.

In November, Olbermann served as a guest host of the MLB Network's "Hot Stove."

His public record of clashing with employers and dramatically leaving jobs has critics talking about how long he will last. But TBS' parent company also owns CNN, and should he want to get back into mainstream news, that is a bridge he won't want to burn.

TBS famously picked up Conan O'Brien after he was uninvited from a spot to replace Jay Leno as host of the "Tonight Show."

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