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Keith Olbermann abruptly departs MSNBC


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MSNBC announced Friday night that its marquee "Countdown" anchor and talk show host Keith Olbermann was out.  The network did not provide a reason for his abrupt departure.

"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," NBC Universal said in a statement.

Olbermann and his bosses have clashed in recent months. He was suspended in November for two days after revelations that he gave donations to a Democratic political candidate, which was a violation of the company's ethics policies for news employees.

-- Meg James

Photo of Olbermann by AP


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Sad Day! The end of what was good!

Oh no!!! All three PMSNBC watchers are saddened!

Why is this a surprise? Who has ever accused MSNBC of being well-managed? NBC, MSNBC, local NBC affiliates...they all have few stars, poor direction and lousy ratings and haven't a clue how to build long-term audiences. KO will be fine. He will be reborn somewhere else, but the network will continue to die the slow death its incompetent leaders so richly deserve.

Looks like MSMBC leaned too far forward...right on their face. Keith Olbermann was the best representative of fearless, forthright and honest reporting. Now what more 'Lock-up Raw'? Please...I'm going to be sick..

No loss! I'm glad he's gone. His smirking approach to giving very biased left wing news makes Fox seem like the most middle of the road station there is. Now if we can just get rid of Chris and Rachel, the world will be a much better place. I won't even comment on Schultz, since he is pure amateur hour personified.

Wow...I wonder what direction this will take MSNBC. Comcast in...left wing agenda out. If they drift to the right I will turn it off. Everything Keith said is supported by 90% of the United States, including the President's agenda. We do not need any more conservative crap. The world is behind the administration's agenda and ashamed of Bush, Cheney and the rest. Keith just said what he felt and what most American's felt but were over shadowed by Conservative spin.

If Matthews and Maddow are next we are in trouble.

It just may be just one of those things to move on in a new direction, perhaps to bigger and better things or just a place to begin anew with fresh starts. This may be the real reason and nothing more. This happens everyday in other professions as well. As long as Keith has an appeal and can wind up with a good job, so be it.

Good, more Lockup.

I am done with MSNBC.....

FORGET MSNBC. Already switched to CNN!

Good riddens. He needs to replaced with someone that gives you the facts. There is a reason why MSNBC is dead last in the ratings. Let Keith go to MTV with Snookie and the other morons.

I'm so upset this just made my bad day worse

I'll miss ya bro! I guess Maddow will have to do.

Fire the person with the highest ratings? Nice! I know I'm done with them. Maybe when their ratings tank enough they'll realize their mistake. Too bad as it will likely be too late.

Let Nbc Universal know how upset you are about KO leaving

You people need to get a life. Normal people do not watch this man, nor do they watch/listen to Beck, Bill O, Ed, or Limbaugh. All of these folks are nothing but flame throwers who get off on getting you angry and ready to do battle. They preach to the choir. Stop listening to these people and think for yourselves. What do you get out of watching these hate filled shows? Read a book, watch local news (where they don't scream and shout), go do something that makes this world a better place. These talking heads make millions by creating hostile people. Don't give them that power. Cable news is a disgrace.

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A very conservative Comcast wanted nothing to do with Oberman. Good luck Keith. I'm sure you will land on your feet.

MSNBC will regret this. Keith will be back, and it will be their loss.

good. finally.

No Olbermann, no hate. Nevermind, they still have Michael Maddow. That is a man isnt it?

AS Keith said of Joe Leiberman last night: "don't let the delusional liar door hit you in the delusional liar butt on the way out."

COUNTDOWN: 3, 2, 1, 0! Yeah!!!


I thank the network for this step forward in decency.

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