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Keith Olbermann ends ‘Countdown’

Keith Olbermann

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.”

Bye, Keith

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.

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I’m sure O’Reilly is snickering in his old man soup.

Bye, Keith.

MSNBC Puts Keith Olbermann In A Time-Out, Without Pay

Mr. Olberman has been put in the Naughty Chair by MSNBC

Keith Olbermann has found himself in trouble over campaign donations. MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement Friday: “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.” Olbermann made campaign contributions to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and to Arizona reps Paul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. In a statement to Politico,  Olbermann admitted to giving the maximum legal amount to the candidates:

“I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.”

Apparently, NBC has very strict rules against employees contributing to political campaigns. It is allowed as long as you make your donation known before you actually donate. I’m sure Keith knows this but decided to risk it anyways. Rep. Paul Grijava was a guest on ‘Countdown’ last Thursday, the sixth time in the last six months. After that show, Keith reportedly went to Mailboxes, Etc. (no FedEx Kinkos?) and donated $2,400 to Grijava. Oh, Keith.

I get that he was trying to help these candidates out, but was it enough for him to risk his job?  MSNBC had originally announced that Chris Hayes, an editor for The Nation,  was going to be filling in for him, but it was found out that Hayes had previously donated to Democratic candidates in 2008 and 2009.

Anchor Thomas Roberts will be filling in and the show will only be called ‘Countdown’ until Keith is allowed to come out of his corner.  I can already hear Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly sharpening their fangs to talk about this one.