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Olbermann Announces Departure from MSNBC

Published January 21, 2011
Associated Press

Keith Olbermann is leaving MSNBC and has announced that Friday's "Countdown" show will be his last

NEW YORK – MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced Friday that he is leaving the network and has taped his last "Countdown" show.

MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with the controversial host, with no further explanation. Olbermann hosted the network's most popular show, but his combative liberal opinions often made him a target of critics.

Olbermann did not explain why he was leaving.

"MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors," the network said.

A spokesman said Phil Griffin, MSNBC's president, would not comment on Olbermann's exit.

Spokesman Jeremy Gaines would say only that the acquistion of NBC Universal by Comcast, which received regulatory approval this week, had nothing to do with the decision.

Olbermann was suspended without pay from the network for two days in November for donating to three Democratic candidates, which violated NBC News' policy on political donations.

Olbermann complained that he was being punished for mistakenly violating an inconsistently applied rule that he had known nothing about.

The host apologized to fans -- but not to the network.

Olbermann, before leaving the show with a final signature toss of his script toward the camera, thanked his audience for sticking with him and read a James Thurber poem.

"This may be the only television program where the host was much more in awe of the audience than vice versa," he said.

He thanked a series of people, including the late Tim Russert, but pointedly not Griffin or NBC News President Steve Capus.

Olbermann's prime-time show is the network's top-rated. His evolution from a humorous look at the day's headlines into a pointedly liberal show in the last half of George W. Bush's administration led MSNBC to largely shift the tone of the network in his direction, with the hirings or Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell in primetime.

But Olbermann was known for a mercurial personality behind the scenes and he was almost fired last year for the political donations. He quit a prime-time show on MSNBC in the late 1990s, complaining that management was making him report too much on President Bill Clinton's impeachment scandal.

He was particularly critical of Fox News Channel and his direct competitor, Bill O'Reilly, frequently naming him his "Worst Person in the World" in a segment popular with his fans. Bosses at NBC had discussed trying to keep the tone of the vitriol down.

MSNBC announced that O'Donnell, who had frequently filled in for Olbermann before starting his own 10 p.m. show, will take over Olbermann's time slot starting Monday. "The Ed Show," with Ed Schultz, would move to 10 p.m. Cenk Uygur of the Web show "The Young Turks," will fill Schultz's vacated 6 p.m. time slot.

Olbermann had signed a new four-year contract with MSNBC two years ago. It's unclear what his plans are now.

He could give a boost to struggling CNN's prime-time lineup, but Olbermann would mean CNN would make an abrupt shift in its nonpartisan policy. It was not immediately known how quickly Olbermann could switch to another job if he wanted to.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/01/21/olbermann-announces-leave-msnbc/#
 

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hummus cannonball said:
Bummer. :-\
Not to worry--It's probably not true.

After all, I got the info from the Fox News website. And everybody knows that all Fox News does is fabricate stuff. When they're not inciting their acolytes to go on murderous rampages, that is.
 

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No matter who you watch or listen to...it is always better to go and research what is said, to find out for sure..

D.J.
 

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Yep load em all up in a car put it in drive make the wheel so that it cannot turn and send them up and over Loveland pass...
 

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Chris said:
Include Palin to the list!
Yeah, she's full of hate and vile and venom. Every other word out of her mouth is hateful and bigoted. Please help me out in building my case and provide some quotes. I can't seem to find any.
 

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Chris said:
Include Palin to the list!
Yeah, she's full of hate and vile and venom. Every other word out of her mouth is hateful and bigoted. Please help me out in building my case and provide some quotes. I can't seem to find any.
She believes dinosaurs are really dragons from hell.
 

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F.F Woodycooks said:
She believes dinosaurs are really dragons from hell.
How 'bout a quote? Or a Youtube video? Might even consider clicking on the link.

If only she was as wildly successful at setting up her children and grandchildren financially for life as you. Probably her one true regret...

She must think herself an idiot in comparison.
 

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F.F Woodycooks said:
sswan said:
Chris said:
Include Palin to the list!
Yeah, she's full of hate and vile and venom. Every other word out of her mouth is hateful and bigoted. Please help me out in building my case and provide some quotes. I can't seem to find any.
She believes dinosaurs are really dragons from hell.
Better be careful you may be the next person in this nutty women's cross hairs!
 

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Better be careful you may be the next person in this nutty women's cross hairs!
Yep, nutty. Seven figure income, probably no mortgage, no debt, and more boats, ATVs, and snowmobiles than she could ever use. Not to mention being able to pay for college for all of her kids and grandkids. What a moron. She should do herself a favor and aspire to be more like you.
 

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Bruce Gillis said:
Soooooo... you're saying you would toss her salad?
You and I have a much different vernacular.

I admire her and her accomplishments in life.

As far as I can tell, you don't have any.
 

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You ain't got a lot. Some lonely, misanthropic posts on here, but that doesn't amount to very much.

Palin, on the other hand, has some accomplishments.
 

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sswan said:
Bruce Gillis said:
Soooooo... you're saying you would toss her salad?
You and I have a much different vernacular.

I admire her and her accomplishments in life.

As far as I can tell, you don't have any.
If sarah palin was able to run this country, we'd probably be in more trouble than we already are in the world, not to mention people's civil liberties would be stripped. but hey, as long as you believe in God and you like guns, you are in the clear... right? The last thing this country needs is another bible-thumping neanderthal using their political clout to force their own spiritual opinions down our throat through their ass-backwards form of evangelism. God gave people free will, I wish organized religion would learn to accept that.

This is coming from someone who is inherently conservative.
 
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