Keith Olbermann, who will be hosting a late-night talk show on ESPN2 starting August 26, revealed that the show will include a sports version of his “Worst Person in the World,” which he featured on his MSNBC Countdown show. The segment on his new show will be appropriately titled, “Worst Person in the Sports World.”
The original “Worst Person” segment ran for five years before Olbermann suspended it after Jon Stewart criticized him and other cable television personalities as being too divisive. He brought back the segment when he joined Current TV, but suspended it a second time after the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy.
At the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, Olbermann said that he was reviving the segment for the second time because “people seemed to like that one.”
Just like with the politicians—mostly conservatives—that he regularly skewered on MSNBC, Olbermann will have no shortage of targets, especially with all the doping and accusations of doping taking place in the world of sports.
It remains to be seen whether or not Olbermann has learned his lesson after his flameouts at MSNBC and Current TV left him a pariah in the cable news world. But if there’s one guarantee, it is that if Olbermann stumbles and falls at ESPN2, he will do so in a very loud and public manner.