Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC

Alex Weprin reports via TV Newser:

Tonight is Keith Olbermann‘s last night on MSNBC.

The Countdown host and the network say that the two parties “have ended their contract.”

The network’s statement is:

“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.”

51 Comments on "Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC"

  1. Bsti_natosi | Jan 22, 2011 at 2:16 am |

    He and Rachel Maddow were the only news broadcasts I watched, aside from local. Now, I don’t think Maddow can sustain an audience without her lead in, because I know I’m done watching MSNBC.

  2. Bsti_natosi | Jan 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm |

    He and Rachel Maddow were the only news broadcasts I watched, aside from local. Now, I don’t think Maddow can sustain an audience without her lead in, because I know I’m done watching MSNBC.

  3. irishblueileen | Jan 22, 2011 at 2:18 am |

    Sorry to see him go. I wish him luck. I think the more reasoned Rachel Maddow and the credible Lawrence O’Donnell as well as the change in tone within the country has made Olbermann too strident. I’m sorry

  4. irishblueileen | Jan 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm |

    Sorry to see him go. I wish him luck. I think the more reasoned Rachel Maddow and the credible Lawrence O’Donnell as well as the change in tone within the country has made Olbermann too strident. I’m sorry

    • If you think that the Right-wingers have “changed their tone” for the better, then I too am “sorry”, for you.

    • On no, not like Glenn Beckkk, who targets people for death!

  5. Ericlowin | Jan 22, 2011 at 2:27 am |

    Find the corporate vermin who fired Keith and defenestrate them, then sweep the remains into the nearest sewer. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE MANAGEMENT AT MSNBC? THEY JUST FIRED ONE OF THEIR TWO BEST NEWSCASTERS. IS RACHEL MADDOW NEXT? I AM SICK AT HEART AS MANAGEMENT MUST BE SICK IN THE HEAD. SHAME SHAME SHAME ON THEM. MAY THEIR CAMELS LOSE THEIR HUMPS, AND THEIR DAUGHTERS RUN OFF WITH BIKERS.

  6. Ericlowin | Jan 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |

    Find the corporate vermin who fired Keith and defenestrate them, then sweep the remains into the nearest sewer. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE MANAGEMENT AT MSNBC? THEY JUST FIRED ONE OF THEIR TWO BEST NEWSCASTERS. IS RACHEL MADDOW NEXT? I AM SICK AT HEART AS MANAGEMENT MUST BE SICK IN THE HEAD. SHAME SHAME SHAME ON THEM. MAY THEIR CAMELS LOSE THEIR HUMPS, AND THEIR DAUGHTERS RUN OFF WITH BIKERS.

  7. Just saw the MSNBC ad with Olbermann: “Now is not the time to build fences around our freedom; now is the time to emancipate our culture from the fear of losing it.”

  8. Just saw the MSNBC ad with Olbermann: “Now is not the time to build fences around our freedom; now is the time to emancipate our culture from the fear of losing it.”

  9. Drinky McGee | Jan 22, 2011 at 2:35 am |

    I usually agreed with the stances that Olbermann took, but I found his self-important, melodramatic style more than a little cloying. All those quavering monologues that made every issue an equally disastrous outrage . . . And, even though the temptation is to look for corporate devils behind this, I wouldn’t be surprised if the people he worked for found his massive ego even more annoying than I did. Cable news is a narrow wasteland of just such bloviating gasbags, and doesn’t really deserve to be taken seriously by anyone. Good night, and good luck.

  10. Drinky McGee | Jan 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm |

    I usually agreed with the stances that Olbermann took, but I found his self-important, melodramatic style more than a little cloying. All those quavering monologues that made every issue an equally disastrous outrage . . . And, even though the temptation is to look for corporate devils behind this, I wouldn’t be surprised if the people he worked for found his massive ego even more annoying than I did. Cable news is a narrow wasteland of just such bloviating gasbags, and doesn’t really deserve to be taken seriously by anyone. Good night, and good luck.

    • I love Keith Olbermann, but I couldn’t agree with you more. He did certainly have a flare for the dramatic. Sometime it was well placed, but more often than not, I found it totally over the top. I was often left wondering if he was trying to make up for all the lack of passion in America. I did watch his show though, and I’ll miss it.
      I’m also afraid that Ed Shultz, the Rush Limbaugh of the left will take a more prominent role. It is a shame that facts are just getting more and more skewed and sensationalized by bubbleheads.

      • hunter349 | Jan 22, 2011 at 11:04 am |

        Complete agreement. I skew left and I semi- consistently watched Olberman. He had a good show even though his personality came across as smug at times. The Fridays with Therber part of the show was not bad but certainly came off as a stereotype of what many on the right would call elitist. Ed Shultz is a detriment to MSNBC. He is hot headed, hateful, and is the first MSNBC host I have seen that I criticize as much a Fox personality for half truths and skewed facts.

  11. Sucks. He will be missed.

  12. Sucks. He will be missed.

  13. Looks like he won’t be getting a new show elsewhere:

    “Mr. Olbermann did not discuss any future plans, but NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time.”

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/olbermann-hosts-last-countdown-on-msnbc/

    Also: “NBC executives said the move had nothing to do with the impending takeover of NBC Universal by Comcast.”

  14. Looks like he won’t be getting a new show elsewhere:

    “Mr. Olbermann did not discuss any future plans, but NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time.”

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/olbermann-hosts-last-countdown-on-msnbc/

    Also: “NBC executives said the move had nothing to do with the impending takeover of NBC Universal by Comcast.”

    • Damn…that pretty much ensures that it WAS Con-cast at work. The only way to efficiently cut through doublespeak anymore is to assume that if they hurry to issue a denial and have foreseen what people might think…then that means it IS what people might think. I don’t even watch cable news…since its just a ticket to endless droning at 70$ a month or more…but it was good knowing there were a few people in media who think as I do and had the power to reach many others effectively.

  15. Anonymous | Jan 22, 2011 at 3:58 am |

    May camels hump their daughters!

  16. I love Keith Olbermann, but I couldn’t agree with you more. He did certainly have a flare for the dramatic. Sometime it was well placed, but more often than not, I found it totally over the top. I was often left wondering if he was trying to make up for all the lack of passion in America. I did watch his show though, and I’ll miss it.
    I’m also afraid that Ed Shultz, the Rush Limbaugh of the left will take a more prominent role. It is a shame that facts are just getting more and more skewed and sensationalized by bubbleheads.

  17. I like this simply because you used the word “defenestrate”. ha! Do you have an insomniac’s dictionary handy?
    :^D

  18. I won’t be surprised if he becomes a regular guest on Maddow for as long as she can get away with having him on

  19. I won’t be surprised if he becomes a regular guest on Maddow for as long as she can get away with having him on

    • Carol McFarlane | Jan 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm |

      Wow, can he do that, I was hoping he could appear as a guest, continually, till he may host his own show, per the terms of his leavetaking…

  20. Wow Comcast that was fast!!! You @ssholes!!!!

  21. Wow Comcast that was fast!!! You @ssholes!!!!

  22. Wow Comcast that was fast!!! You @ssholes!!!!

  23. I remember when I first discovered Keith during the desert days for progressive thinkers in the mainstream media, when GW was in office. Aside from J Stewart and Bill Maher, Keith was the first televison anchor that reported a more honest, truth based newscast. It was a breath of fresh air. People say Keith is radical left or hard left but if you look at his reporting he was really just focused on the corruption which in my opinion transcends politics and it was needed especially during the 8 years under Bush. So now he moves on and I thank him for his hard work and applaud his courage for reporting the things he did at a time when speaking truth to power would label you unpatiotic….funny enough now those same assholes say if you don’t speak so called ‘truth’ to power you’re not a patriot. Keith filled a very important role at a bleak time in American history.

  24. I remember when I first discovered Keith during the desert days for progressive thinkers in the mainstream media, when GW was in office. Aside from J Stewart and Bill Maher, Keith was the first televison anchor that reported a more honest, truth based newscast. It was a breath of fresh air. People say Keith is radical left or hard left but if you look at his reporting he was really just focused on the corruption which in my opinion transcends politics and it was needed especially during the 8 years under Bush. So now he moves on and I thank him for his hard work and applaud his courage for reporting the things he did at a time when speaking truth to power would label you unpatiotic….funny enough now those same assholes say if you don’t speak so called ‘truth’ to power you’re not a patriot. Keith filled a very important role at a bleak time in American history.

    • Carol McFarlane | Jan 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm |

      Honu, I couldn’t agree with YOU more. THIS is a bleak day, I believe I WILL boycott MSNBC, I want the WHOLE team, not parts of it, much as I love Maddow and now O’Donnell…

  25. May the sewers of New Delhi back up in their kitchens!! And may the callouses of a thousand Bedouins feet settle upon their noses!

  26. Damn…that pretty much ensures that it WAS Con-cast at work. The only way to efficiently cut through doublespeak anymore is to assume that if they hurry to issue a denial and have foreseen what people might think…then that means it IS what people might think. I don’t even watch cable news…since its just a ticket to endless droning at 70$ a month or more…but it was good knowing there were a few people in media who think as I do and had the power to reach many others effectively.

  27. AND their sons too!!!!!

  28. If you think that the Right-wingers have “changed their tone” for the better, then I too am “sorry”, for you.

  29. Anonymous | Jan 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm |

    Complete agreement. I skew left and I semi- consistently watched Olberman. He had a good show even though his personality came across as smug at times. The Fridays with Therber part of the show was not bad but certainly came off as a stereotype of what many on the right would call elitist. Ed Shultz is a detriment to MSNBC. He is hot headed, hateful, and is the first MSNBC host I have seen that I criticize as much a Fox personality for half truths and skewed facts.

  30. On no, not like Glenn Beckkk, who targets people for death!

  31. I will miss Kieth because he was usually fact-based, but he was working without a net. I was delighted to learn that Lawrence O’Donnell will get that time slot.

  32. I will miss Kieth because he was usually fact-based, but he was working without a net. I was delighted to learn that Lawrence O’Donnell will get that time slot.

  33. He was awesome on Sportscenter.

  34. He was awesome on Sportscenter.

  35. Good riddance douchebag!

  36. Good riddance douchebag!

  37. Good riddance douchebag!

  38. Good riddance douchebag!

  39. Carol McFarlane | Jan 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm |

    Honu, I couldn’t agree with YOU more. THIS is a bleak day, I believe I WILL boycott MSNBC, I want the WHOLE team, not parts of it, much as I love Maddow and now O’Donnell…

  40. Carol McFarlane | Jan 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm |

    Wow, can he do that, I was hoping he could appear as a guest, continually, till he may host his own show, per the terms of his leavetaking…

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