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Keith Olbermann Gets Serious on David Letterman

After his appearance on the ”Late Show with David Letterman” this evening, Keith Olbermann Tweeted: “Lots of fun w/the best interviewer in the business – including when it gets serious.” Presumably this means Olbermann opens up his departure from Current TV last week. Interestingly, also on Letterman tonight, Allison Williams, the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who is staring in the new HBO show “Girls.” (Allison, not Brian).

Back to Olbermann. Earlier today, the New York Post published parts of internal emails between Current TV president David Bohrman Olbermann’s manager, Michael Price, in the weeks leading up to Olbermann’s dismissal from the network.

[T]he final straw came … when the “Countdown” anchor threatened to take off the day before the all-important Super Tuesday primaries on March 6. Price was so adamant about getting his boss his precious vacation day that Bohrman was reduced to begging. “The night before Super Tuesday is a BIG night for us … I would hate to have our main anchor off on such a night. Can we slip this please?” Bohrman pleaded. Price then nagged the former CNN executive, asking him why it was so important for an anchor with a $50 million contract to broadcast during a major political event. “Please indicate, with specificity, why Keith is essential to that day,” Price taunted Bohrman.

More of Olbermann’s side of it tonight on “Late Show.” Speaking of which, it was also announced today that Letterman and “Late, Late Show” host Craig Ferguson have extended their CBS contracts for another two years – through 2014. Both series are produced by Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, Inc.

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Fox Sports Catches Former President George W. Bush Almost Getting Hit By Foul Ball

Former President (and Texas Rangers owner) George W. Bush attended last night’s game between the Rangers and Chicago White Sox, and what a memorable visit it was. Bush was nearly clocked by a foul ball hit by Adrian Beltre.

White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski tried to make the catch, almost falling into Bush’s lap in the process.

Update: Video after after the jump!

Pierzynski told ESPN.com:

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Howard Kurtz: Phil Griffin threatened to Fire Keith Olbermann Over Political Donations

Griffin and Olbermann at Countdown's Fifth Anniversary Party

In a wide-ranging postmortem addressing what happened after MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was found to be donating money to political campaigns, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reveals a number of new tidbits, including the fact that MSNBC president Phil Griffin threatened to fire the host if he went on any other networks to discuss his suspension.

Olbermann’s manager, Michael Price, told Griffin that if they could not resolve the issue of the suspension quickly, Olbermann would accept invitations to appear on “Good Morning America,”  ”Larry King Live” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

The possibility of Olbermann appearing on those other shows caused Griffin to make the threat. The situation hasn’t exactly improved since:

Relations are so strained that Olbermann has not spoken directly with Capus or Griffin since the donations controversy erupted. While he is halfway through a four-year, $30 million contract, Olbermann has become, in the words of one staffer, “a man without a country.

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