Keith Olbermann returning to ESPN in August


Keith Olbermann will be returning to ESPN in August. The former SportsCenter anchor will return to the network with a hour-long show airing on ESPN2.

Olbermann’s new show will be called “Olbermann” and will begin airing on Aug. 26 at 11 pm ET.

Since leaving ESPN in 1997 the now 54-year-old Olbermann went on to work at MSNBC, FOX and Current TV.

“Apart from the opportunity to try to create a nightly hour of sports television that no fan can afford to miss, I’m overwhelmed by the chance to begin anew with ESPN,” said Olbermann in a statement. ” I’ve been gone for 16 years and not one day in that time has passed without someone connecting me to the network. Our histories are indelibly intertwined and frankly I have long wished that I had the chance to make sure the totality of that story would be a completely positive one. I’m grateful to friends and bosses – old and new – who have permitted that opportunity to come to pass. I’m not going to waste it.”

ESPN president John Skipper also released a statement in regards to the return of Olbermann to ESPN.

“Keith is a one-of-a-kind personality and these shows will be appointment viewing for that very reason, 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.”