Keith Olbermann

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Name: Keith Olbermann
Also Known As: KO
Occupation: Television Host
Medium: Television
Works: Countdown with Keith Olbermann, SportsCenter, Football Night in America
Official Website(s): Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Countdown with Keith Olbermann (MSNBC), Keith Olbermann on Twitter, Baseball Nerd, Daily Kos Diary
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Keith Olbermann is the host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, a political news and commentary program. The program began on American cable network MSNBC in March 2003 and moved to Current TV, where Olbermann serves as Chief News Officer, in June 2011. Olbermann is a frequent subject of Pundit RPF and one of the original members of the fandom's Pundit Round Table.

Olbermann is a sports fan who spent much of his career in sports journalism, most notably serving as a host of ESPN's SportsCenter during the 1990s. Writer Aaron Sorkin has cited Olbermann and his SportsCenter co-host Dan Patrick as the inspiration for Sports Night[1], and he also observed Olbermann as research for his upcoming HBO project[2].


Despite early reluctance, Olbermann enlisted the help of Daily Show contributor John Hodgman and joined social networking site Twitter in April 2010.[3] He regularly interacts with both critics and fans, including a number of fans who are active in pundit fandom. Countdown frequently included a Tweet of the Day segment, and Olbermann went on to create a secondary Twitter account named @FOKNewsChannel (Friends Of Keith) following his departure from MSNBC. The @FOKNewsChannel account was eventually renamed @CountdownKO and now serves as the official Twitter account for the Countdown.


While Olbermann has compared his relationship with Dan Patrick to that of an "old married couple,"[4] Olbermann/Patrick buddyslash is much less popular than its Sports Night counterpart featuring Dan Rydell and Casey McCall. Instead, the most popular Olbermann slash pairing is Keith Olbermann/Anderson Cooper,[5] which often resembles the dynamic found in enemyslash.

A popular het pairing featuring Olbermann is Keith Olbermann/Rachel Maddow. This pairing is of course controversial due to Maddow's sexual orientation. At least one story had them impulsively beginning to make love on the night Barack Obama won the 2008 election, then agreeing that it was a bad idea, not only because Maddow is a Lesbian, but because both were in serious relationships with other people at the time.


  1. ^ Unknown. The Showdown, published 1 June 1999 at Esquire. (Accessed 13 November 2010.)
  2. ^ Unknown. The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin reveals future projects, published 21 January 2011 at BBC News. (Accessed 22 January 2011.)
  3. ^ Raymond, Adam K. John Hodgman Teaches Keith Olbermann About Twitter, published 9 April 2010 at Daily Intel. (Accessed 16 February 2011.)
  4. ^ @keitholbermann. Twitter status, published on 9 May 2010. (Accessed 13 November 2010.)
  5. ^ sarken. Pie (charts)!, published on 22 January 2010. (Accessed 13 November 2010.)