Keith Olbermann had a temper tantrum at a memorial reception for the late Tim Russert.
According to Page Six Olbermann was peeved last week when he didn’t get a first-class ticket to Washington, DC, for a private service for Tim Russert.
Apparently Olbermann didn’t get the tickets he demanded and was not at the service.
Olbermann was sighted having a Ketchup tantrum later.
Olbermann was screaming into the phone on Tuesday because there were no first-class train tickets available for that day, and he wanted to make sure he would ride first-class on Wednesday. According to the source, Olbermann berated a staffer who was coordinating Wednesday’s Kennedy Center memorial by yelling, “You better hope to God there is a first-class train ticket tomorrow.”
Our insider elaborated, “MSNBC was dealing with who could come to the private ceremony Tuesday and who couldn’t, among the hundreds of people who worked with or for Russert – and Keith was ranting about not getting a first-class ticket.”
We’re told Olbermann didn’t get to Tuesday’s ceremony, and went to Washington by car to broadcast from outside the Kennedy Center the next day. An aghast witness there said, “As guests were making their way into the memorial, Keith went apoplectic because there were no ketchup packets at the Kennedy Center.”
Olbermann was heard saying outside the service, “this place is going to hell,” because his Washington staff couldn’t find ketchup packets for lunch at the Center. An NBC insider claimed, however, “Keith did not have lunch at the Kennedy Center and was not eating on the set because he was anchoring a broadcast.”
A rep for Olbermann snapped: “Since whatever you’re going to print is an outright lie, you can go ahead and write whatever you want. That’s on the record and applies to all future items you might make up.”
Krazy Keith… nuff said.