Keith Olberman to join ESPN2, per report

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The talented, mercurial Olbermann will likely be launching a late night show at his old haunt.

Nearly 20 years ago, Keith Olbermann was the first voice heard on a then-new network known as ESPN2 when he began the broadcast with "Welcome to the end of my career." Well, according to the latest news, it appears Olbermann will get a second chance at ending said career.

Variety is reporting that "an announcement ... could come as soon as Wednesday" to bring the former ESPN, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, NBC and Current TV anchor back to The Worldwide Leader to host a late-night talk show. Olbermann is currently slated to host the MLB post-season on TBS, so the show likely wouldn't start before November.

ESPN2, which has seen its ratings drop along with the rest of the ESPN empire's, could use the buzz of the talented Olbermann's return to regular broadcasting. The network's second quarter was down 12 percent in primetime.

Olbermann teamed with Dan Patrick to become the most popular SportsCenter anchor tandem in the history of the program during the 90's, with their edition often referred to as "The Big Show." After the first in a career full of disagreements with management, however, Olbermann left ESPN. He later anchored a sports show on Fox Sports Net and hosted the MLB Game of the Week on Fox before largely departing from sports to work in news.

Olbermann hosted Countdown, a left-leaning news and politics based show, from 2003 and 2012 to quickly become the most popular face on MSNBC. After being fired from MSNBC, he anchored a new edition of the show for Current TV for about a year, but was fired yet again.

His upcoming baseball hosting (Olbermann is lifelong fan of the game and member of the Society for American Baseball Research) on TBS is slated to be his first regular on-camera work (aside from infrequent appearances on MLB Network) since his Current TV firing.

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