Friday, January 21, 2011

Keith Olbermann and MSNBC part ways

One day after the Comcast / NBC deal goes through, Keith Olbermann announced late Friday night that he was doing his last show.

from Bill Carter of the New York Times:
Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately.

The host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management of the network for some time, especially since he was suspended for two days last November, came to an agreement with NBC’s corporate management late this week to settle his contract and step down.

In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. He offered no explanation other than on occasion, the show had become too much for him.

Mr. Olbermann thanked his viewers for their enthusiastic support of a show that had “gradually established its position as anti-establishment.”

In a statement, MSNBC said : “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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  1. Thanks for the news tip. Being one of the many millions who watch Fox, not the few thousand who watch MostlySocialistNBC, I will not lament his leaving.

    Now, if he returns to sports, I might be a fan again.

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  3. thanks Anon for your comment.

    I'm not sure what "being one of the millions who watch Fox" has to do with anything.

    Fox News tried its best to slime Barrack Obama during the campaign and it failed, didn't it? So much for the power of the millions of Fox viewers!

    During its run on CBS years ago, the Beverly Hillbillies was one of the highest rated shows on TV. So what? It was crap....just like 99% of what is on Fox News.

    Have a nice day.


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