keith olbermann fired
Keith Theodore Olbermann is an American political commentator and writer. A former sportscaster and news anchor, Olbermann most recently hosted Countdown with Keith Olbermann, an hour-long nightly commentary program on MSNBC.
Keith Olbermann, one of the best known cable news personalities on either side of the political spectrum, was abruptly fired yesterday by MSNBC.
Olbermann, in the middle of a four-year $30 million deal set to last until 2012, announced on last night’s edition of Countdown that it was his last.
The dismissal is said to be at least indirectly related to Comcast’s acquiring of NBC and the parent company’s distaste for his defiance and attitude.
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.”
MSNBC announced that “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” would replace “Countdown” at 8 p.m., with “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz taking Mr. O’Donnell’s slot at 10 p.m.