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FILE - In this May 3, 2007 file photo, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC poses at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
Olbermann is returning to ESPN. Well, ESPN2

Turns out that Keith Olbermann hasn't burned all his bridges. The former "SportsCenter" anchor is returning to the ESPn family of networks with a late-night show that will air Monday-Friday on ESPN2 beginning Aug. 26.

Who would've thought?

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Olbermann is clearly a hugely talented TV personality. And, yes, it takes a certain kind of talent to polarize viewers the way he does.

It's tempting to say this is his last chance, but he's proven he always gets another chance. After success, drama and acrimonious partings at ESPN, Fox Sports Net, MSNBC and Current, he's started the circuit again.

Here's ESPN's release:

Olbermann Returning to ESPN2 with Daily Late-Night Show Aug. 26

Hour-long Olbermann at 11 p.m. ET live from New York studios

Keith Olbermann, who worked for ESPN from 1992-1997, will return to the company with a late-night program Monday-Friday on ESPN2, starting Monday, Aug. 26, it was announced by ESPN President John Skipper. Titled Olbermann, the show will generally be presented at 11 p.m. ET from ABC’s Times Square studios in New York City.

The program will focus on the day’s relevant sports topics through a mix of perspective and commentary, interviews, contributors, panel discussions and highlights.

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

Olbermann noted: "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. 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."

More details about the show, including additional contributors, will be announced in the coming weeks. Similar to SportsCenter on ESPN, Olbermann will often immediately follow live events on ESPN2 (starting with US Open tennis Aug. 26), leading to some flexibility in the show’s start times depending on the length/timing of the events.



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