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Keith Olbermann Shoots Sage Steele After Former ESPN Anchor Speaks During Biden 2021 Interview

Former ESPN broadcaster Keith Olbermann attacked Sage Steele on social media Wednesday after Steele revealed that his 2021 interview with President Biden was “scripted” by network executives.

Olbermann responded to a headline from Awful Announcing on X.

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“Of course it was scripted. If it hadn’t been @sagesteele – the stupidest person I’ve ever worked with in sports or news – I wouldn’t have been able to get through it.” , wrote Olbermann.

Keith Olbermann speaks on stage during the ESPN portion of the Summer Television Critics Association tour on July 24, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Olbermann highlighted a part of Steele’s interview with Fox News Digital in which she said “every question was written, reviewed dozens of times by numerous editors and executives.”

“I mean, Jesus, if this happened to you, you would just assume that this WASN’T done to protect the network from humiliation – and yourself?” Olbermann wrote.

Riley Gaines, who had been the target of Olbermann’s ire in the past, defended Steele.

“Sage has the balls that @KeithOlbermann is missing. This photo will be the bane of his existence,” Gaines wrote on X.

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In an interview with Fox News Digital, Steele recalled the “structured” nature of the pre-recorded interview, so much so that his bosses at ESPN handed him a “script” to go off of.

Keith Olbermann

“Sage has the balls that @KeithOlbermann lacks,” Riley Gaines wrote in defense of Sage Steele. (Getty Images)

“It was an interesting experience in itself because it was very structured,” Steele said. “And I was told, ‘You will say every word we write, you will not deviate from the script and leave.'”

Most of the questions Steele asked Biden during the March 2021 interview were about sports leagues trying to return to normal during the COVID pandemic and vaccine hesitancy among athletes and fans. His interview made headlines around the time Biden supported a boycott of the MLB All-Star Game in Atlanta following the passage of Georgia’s election reform law.

But everything Steele told the president ultimately came from ESPN’s upper management.

“To the word. Every question was written, reviewed dozens of times by numerous editors and executives. Absolutely. I was on script and was told not to deviate,” Steele told Fox News Digital. “It was really ‘This is what you’ll ask. This is how you’ll say it. No follow-up, no follow-up. Next.’ … It went up to the fourth floor, as we said, where all the bosses are, the top executives, the decision makers, the president of our company, the CEO, where they all worked.

Sage Steele in California

“SportsCenter” host Sage Steele is suing ESPN for allegedly violating her right to free speech. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Steele said she didn’t know for sure whether ESPN sent the questions to the White House before the interview, but she seemed convinced that was “what happened.”

ESPN declined to comment.

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Steele has since left ESPN. She started a podcast called “The Sage Steele Show.”

Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.

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