Olbermann Set for June Premiere

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com April 26 2011 3:35 PM ET

Straight ally and marriage equality advocate Keith Olbermann will be back on TV June 20.

Olbermann’s show on Current TV will have the same name as his former MSNBC show, Countdown With Keith Olbermann, and will air in the same time slot, 8 p.m. Eastern, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Current CEO Mark Rosenthal issued a statement saying the program “will combine familiar and popular features with some new elements that we can’t wait to unveil. We’re creating a great platform for Keith’s style, which includes a very sophisticated digital presence for him — that we think will appeal to his very enthusiastic and active following. The show will also appeal to new viewers tuning into Keith for the first time.”

Olbermann and MSNBC parted ways in January after a series of controversies; he was suspended briefly last fall for making donations to Democratic candidates without first obtaining the network’s permission. In February it was announced he would join Current TV, having initially been invited by cofounder Al Gore.

On his MSNBC show, Olbermann frequently expressed support for LBGT causes, and after Proposition 8 stripped California gay couples of marriage rights in 2008, he delivered an impassioned Special Comment denouncing the measure, leading The Advocate to name him one of its People of the Year. Read an Advocate interview with him here.