Yesterday, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made a transparent bid for relevancy by making some controversial comments about conservative commentator and Insider Extreme host S.E. Cupp. Olbermann wrote that S.E. Cupp is “the perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does”. While Glenn was off radio for a doctor’s appointment, Pat and Stu interviewed S.E. about Olbermann’s Twitter remarks on radio this morning.
The Blaze has been covering Olbermann’s remarks. You can read their story here.
Stu said, “[Olbermann’s] making right now millions and millions of dollars to do nothing. I mean, the guy was paid out on his contract. He's got millions and millions of dollars literally to sit at home.”
“[NBC] would rather just not have him at the office and they are paying him millions of dollars to do so. And he's sitting there obsessively tweeting back to individual people and it's just begging for attention,” Stu added.
While Glenn is currently undergoing his own, gradual transition off of FOX News, Stu hoped “we don’t become this desperate.”
Pat was optimistic that their show wouldn’t sink to the same despicable level of Keith Olbermann. “ I can't imagine ever being as desperate as Keith Olbermann to be saying, ‘Yeah, it would be nice, wouldn't it, if all Democrats were aborted. That would be great if no Democrats existed on this planet.’”
The guys then brought on S.E. Cupp to talk about the controversial statements Olbermann made about her.
“Someone alerted me to [the remarks]. I'm traveling. I'm in Ohio. And so I was not regularly checking for Keith Olbermann tweets yesterday. But someone alerted me to it and I actually, I mean, it's weird because I don't recall ever turning down one of his sexual advances. So I don't know what his beef with me is,” she joked.
“And I can joke. You have to joke about this kind of stuff, you know, in this business,” she said.
But Cupp certainly didn’t find his remarks to be funny at all. While she is used to getting criticism for her beliefs, “when you get death threats and hate mail, you never get used to hearing that someone wishes you were dead.”
“It never becomes something you just say, oh, no big deal. It just doesn't, it doesn't get that way.”
“But the nice way, the nice way to look at this, S. E., is that not that he wanted you dead,” Pat joked. “Just that he never wanted you to exist in the first place.”
Stu asked what S.E. felt about the implication that her stance on Planned Parenthood made her anti-women.
“There's so much hypocrisy in here,” S.E. said. For one, abortion is incredibly important and serious and sensitive issue to many women on both sides of the issue. And to use it as a cheap punch line I think really undermines the seriousness of the topic.”
“On another level, of course, no one is going to be surprised to learn that Keith Olbermann is incredibly misogynistic and has huge problems with women,” she added.
“And then, of course, lastly, to sort of invoke a call for tolerance and then spew that kind of bile in a public forum, I just, I can't imagine how his employer is going to defend him on that. I mean, it's no wonder he's been fired from every single job he's had,” she said.
“This is not a one‑time incident with him getting booted from MSNBC,” Stu said. Stu also pointed out that Olbermann had pretty good ratings compared to the rest of MSNBC, but he was “hated by everyone who’s ever worked with him.”
S.E. said, “I really think it speaks to the kind of person he is, his character. That's a line that I would imagine is very difficult for most people to cross. He seems to do it alacrity and so regularly and so flippantly that I can't even imagine what goes on in his mind, what's happening in there.”