Yesterday Pat Sajak claimed
to have discovered Keith Olbermann the same way he discovered the greatest
American since Benjamin Franklin and the fair market price for a vowel
($250). Now the MSNBC host is hitting back. In a statement sent to The
Atlantic Wire, Olbermann refutes Sajak's claim that his 1989 appearance
on The Pat Sajak Show constituted his first exposure to a national
audience. He does, however, take some responsibility for the program's
notoriously low quality. Writes Olbermann:
Pat Sajak has made
a claim picked up pretty widely - Hollywood Reporter, Daily News, etc -
that he "introduced me to America."
on CNN the same year he started on "Wheel" (1981) and by the time I
guested on his show in 1989, I'd already spent three years as a national
sports correspondent for CNN, had a feature done on me by The Today
Show (1986), been on the CBS Evening News (1988), and begun
guest-hosting on ESPN (1989).
I think if he needs to apologize
for anything it needs to be that talk show. When he was canceled, he was
replaced by a crime-and-skin series called "Silk Stalkings," for God's
sake. Obviously we guests must've really stunk.
Don't forget this
cringe-inducing monologue, Keith.
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