After almost 8 years on the air, Friday, Keith Olbermann ended his show “Countdown“. MSNBC released a statement that it had ended its contract with he host.
“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.”
For now, the prime-time schedule will have Lawrence O’Donnell’s show will move to Keith’s spot, Rachel Maddow’s show will stay at 9 p.m. and “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz will air at 10 p.m. You may remember Olbermann’s suspension without pay after last year’s mid-term elections. That may have been the final nail in the coffin for his career with MSNBC. Olbermann thanked his fans but didn’t give a reason for why he was leaving. He signed off with a poem by James Thurber and his signature paper toss.
“There were many occasions, particularly in the last two and a half years, where all that surrounded the show, but never the show itself, was just too much for me. But your support and loyalty and if my use the word insistendce ultimately required me to keep going. My gratitude to you is boundless and if you think i’ve done any good here, imagine how it looked from this end…this may be the only television program wherein the host was much more in awe of the audience than vice versa.”
A spokesman said Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, would not comment on Olbermann’s exit. Spokesman Jeremy Gaines would say only that the acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast, which received regulatory approval this week, had nothing to do with the decision. Oh, I’m sure it doesn’t. I think it’s interesting the way Anderson Cooper over at CNN and ABC News are covering this, while Faux News is talking about “Obamacare” at the moment. C’mon you guys, you know you want to gloat.
I’m sure O’Reilly is snickering in his old man soup.