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ESPN bringing back Keith Olbermann for sixth stint

Alex Reimer
May 25, 2018 - 1:24 pm

Keith Olbermann has more lives than a cat. The polarizing anchor is back at ESPN in a regular role, the network announced Friday. He had been contributing to ESPN since January, occasionally filling in on studio shows.

Olbermann is slated to guest host roughly 20 special editions of the 11:00 p.m. “SportsCenter,” where he rose to prominence with co-anchor Dan Patrick in the 1990s. In addition, he will have other studio assignments and some baseball play-by-play responsibilities. Olbermann will be in the booth on Memorial Day when the Yankees host the Astros.

“Since we started this, my 6th separate tenure with ESPN, in January, I've found the variety of assignments to be most the fun and energizing of all my stints," Olbermann said in the press release. "Adding stuff like being a rookie 59-year old play-by-play guy, plus the Rip Van Winkle of 'SportsCenter,' only adds to the smorgasbord. Can't wait, and at my age, I shouldn’t."

The return of Olbermann, who most recently hosted his own sporadically featured nightly talk show on ESPN2 from 2013-2015, likely won’t dispel the narrative that ESPN caters to liberals. The bellicose ex-MSNBC star has called Trump a "racist, white supremacist, neo-Nazi." 

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