It's not clear who made the decision, it is clear that it was made hastily. There are still promos running on MSNBC boasting of Olbermann's role in next week's coverage of Obama's State of the Union speech. According to Mediate, Olbermann is out of a job for the simple reason that he is a very difficult person to work with. On the other hand, Olbermann's new bosses may well have had something to do with this.
Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he was leaving his show, “Countdown,” immediately. 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 “all that surrounded the show – but never the show itself – was just too much for me.”
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.” . . Ms. Maddow . . has built such a successful show that some NBC executives felt less concerned about losing Mr. Olbermann as the signature star of the network.
On air, Olbermann hinted that he had just learned of the end of his show Friday . .
Olbermann almost single-handedly revived the network by leading it on a leftward march.
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