Now Keith Olbermann’s feuding with . . . Pat Sajak?
Yes, it’s true – the outwardly mild-mannered ‘Wheel of Fortune’ host has penned a scathing critique of Olbermann for a right-leaning website, based on Sajak’s memories of Olbermann as a guest on ‘The Pat Sajak Show’ more than 20 years ago.
In the piece posted Wednesday and headlined “Mea Culpa: I Put Keith Olbermann on National TV,” Sajak doesn’t quite come out and “apologize” for having Olbermann as a guest on his old CBS late-night show a few times starting in 1989 when Olbermann was a local CBS sportscaster in Los Angeles (as The Hollywood Reporter interprets Sajak’s blog post).
But Sajak, whose political views are diametrically opposed to Olbermann’s, wrote of the left-leaning MSNBC talk show host: “I’m not sure how he morphed into the bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller he’s become, but I’m sorry he did. . . . I do know that to whatever extent the political well has been poisoned [by all the partisan talk show hosts around these days], Keith has dumped more than his share of venom into the water. I’d like to think he knows that and maybe even regrets it.”
Watch Olbermann On ‘The Pat Sajak Show’
Sajak’s post even includes a Youtube clip (above) of Olbermann on Sajak’s show in which a much-younger, mustachioed Olbermann bears an uncanny resemblance to Rupert Pupkin, the late-night obsessed amateur comedian played by Robert De Niro in the Martin Scorsese film, ‘The King of Comedy.’
Well, as we all know, Olbermann’s not the type of person to take an insult lying down. So Olbermann, who just returned to his MSNBC show ‘Countdown’ on Tuesday night following a four-day suspension, bit back at Sajak in an e-mail responding to The Hollywood Reporter. He took issue with Sajak’s claim that Sajak “introduced” him to America since Olbermann had already appeared on CNN, ‘The CBS Evening News’ and ESPN years before.
“I think if he needs to apologize for anything, it needs to be that talk show,” Olbermann said of ‘The Pat Sajak Show,’ which represented a failed attempt by CBS to establish a foothold in late-night. The show lasted from January 1989 to April 1990, and CBS wouldn’t take another stab at late-night until 1993 with David Letterman, and the rest is history.
So now it’s Pat Sajak vs. Keith. And we want to know: Whose side are you on?