Olbermann Leaves ‘Countdown’ on MSNBC
By BILL CARTER

9:24 p.m. | Updated Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately.

The host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management of the network for some time, especially since he was suspended for two days last November, came to an agreement with NBC’s corporate management late this week to settle his contract and step down.

In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. He offered no explanation other than on occasion, the show had become too much for him.

Mr. Olbermann thanked his viewers for their enthusiastic support of a show that had “gradually established its position as anti-establishment.”

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2 Comments to ““Countdown with Keith Olbermann” is over”

  • I was in shock as I watched and listened to Keith tonight! MSNBC has made a mistake.

  • Comcast’s purge at MSNBC has begun.

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