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MSNBC and Keith Olbermann Announce Their Abrupt Divorce

| On 22, Jan 2011

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Everything was fine in the world of media for FIVE SECONDS until Friday night when Keith Olbermann and MSNBC decided to drop a bomb on the world.

Keith Olbermann’s eight-year program, “Countdown w/Keith Olbermann,” aired its last episode on Friday, abruptly ending the popular primetime progressive show. Oh yeah, and Keith Olbermann will no longer be at the network. His contract was not renewed. Oh, and all of this is effective IMMEDIATELY.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

The sarcastic and brutally-honest host that many of us have come to respect, if not love, has left us in the dark. Yes, we could see signs of trouble behind the scenes when Olbermann was suspended in November for political donations. We didn’t know it was this bad, though. Viewers, observers, and even the show’s Friday guests were all left in the dark.

MSNBC issued a stank press release that stopped short of telling him to get the hell out of dodge. Here it is in full:

“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.”

What in THEE HELL was that?

I knew it was a shocker when I saw Anderson Cooper of CNN devote almost an entire segment to the breaking news on AC360. It’s not often in the world of hyper-competitive cable media that a network gives a remote shit about the “firing” of another network’s major star. But, this is Keith Olbermann. And in the world of such conservative, corporate media, ::coughFOXcough::, Keith was a standout.

Speaking of corporate media, Comcast will merge with NBC next week. Rumor has it that Comcast kicked Keith out because of his defiance. While that is not confirmed, it’s still odd that one of the network’s stars was given the boot. The math just doesn’t add up for me.

Olbermann will most likely take a six-month break before he appears on any other network, per the standard non-compete clause. In the meantime, look for more updates on this topic. There are far too many unanswered questions here, such as “Who fired whom?” We will be waiting to see.

I will miss Keith Olbermann, if nothing more than his keen ability to tell it like it is. Hats off to him for a job well done.

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