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Keith Olbermann --

Fired By MSNBC

1/22/2011 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Keith Olbermann was fired by MSNBC sources tell TMZ, and we're told it had everything to do with Comcast's acquisition of NBC.

Keith Olbermann Fired
Sources connected with the network tell us ... Comcast honchos did not like Keith's defiance and the way he played in the sandbox.

Our sources say Keith has around two years left on his contract, and he'll be paid his salary -- around $7 million a year.

We don't know if Comcast will let Keith make a deal with another network as part of an exit agreement, but it's a good bet he'll be benched for a minimum of 6 months, and probably longer.

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46.

Pdub    

But where will he end up? CNN? TBS with Conan? Not a lot of options, but I'll follow him!

1285 days ago
47.

possum    

"Honestly, I have never seen the guys show..."

It's noted, however, that you instead frequent TMZ, one of the last true bastions of relevant information in America.

Watch our decline.

1285 days ago
48.

bri22    

You guys are the future of news. Top notch reporting before nearly all other news orgs, just like you broke news on MJ's death.

I applaud you for searching for the true story and not letting it come to you or creating it yourself.

1285 days ago
49.

BillinMS    

Perhaps he will end up with the Communist News Network.....ala CNN.....come on, the guy's a jerk.......

1285 days ago
50.

Stan in Arizona    

Well, well, well. Thank you Bill Clinton for allowing big companies to get bigger and bigger and bigger. Now we will no longer have ANY liberals to give "the other side" of the story. I KNOW that Comcast's leaders are very conservative. America used to have checks and balances and that is what made us great. Two viewpoints, debate...not any more. The rich control now. They will move to take away social security, medicare, healthcare reform. They will all but destroy the federal government by dismantling all but the military so they can invade more Iraqs and Afghanistans. Old people will have to choose between meds and food, won't be able to afford both. No payments to the unemployed. Poverty or wealth, no in-between. Desperately poor will take to the streets to steal what they can to feed themselves. Read violence borne of desperate poverty. Perhaps this is an over exaggeration, perhaps not. Remember what happened when it got really bad in France and Marie-Antoinette said, laissez-eux manger du gateau(let them eat cake) when she was told, the people have no bread???? The poor rose up and overthrew the noblesse, cut off their heads! The health insurance companies have bought the Republicans who howl for no health care---they say they can repeal it and then put in a better system, but where is their plan? They have none. God help America. It's the end of liberal dissent.

1285 days ago
51.

JR    

What an egotistical moron.....I am not in the habit of rejoicing over someones misfortune (although 7 mil/yr is hardly misfortune) but he was so over the top, and so smug that it was impossible to watch him. I am glad the powers that be at Comcast are attempting to bring some civility back to MSNBC. Chris Wallace take note.........

1285 days ago
52.

anonymous    

this guy must need rehab badly. he is one of the most out of touch , arrogant people i have seen. they should have fired him a long time ago. HOPE NO ONE ELSE HIRES HIM EITHER....HE IS A LOSER, A DISTRACTION, AND A BAD PERSON FOR ANY EMPLOYER....THEY WERE VERY SMART IN FINALLY FIRING THE GUY, EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO PAY HIM 7 MILL A YEAR...THAT IS HOW WISE THEY ARE AND HOW BADLY THEY NEEDED TO FIRE THIS INSANE POMPOUS AS_. HIS ARROGANCE WILL GET HIM NOWHERE, AND WOULD PROBABLY GET THEM IN TROUBLE. THEY WERE SMART.HOPE HE LEARNS THE HARD WAY, AND GETS HUMBLE..HE MUST HAVE SOME ADDICTION GOING, TO HAVE THAT MUCH ARROGANCE, OR A PERSONALITY DISORDER OR SOMETHING.

1285 days ago
53.

anonymous    

this guy must need rehab badly. he is one of the most out of touch , arrogant people i have seen. they should have fired him a long time ago. HOPE NO ONE ELSE HIRES HIM EITHER....HE IS A LOSER, A DISTRACTION, AND A BAD PERSON FOR ANY EMPLOYER....THEY WERE VERY SMART IN FINALLY FIRING THE GUY, EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO PAY HIM 7 MILL A YEAR...THAT IS HOW WISE THEY ARE AND HOW BADLY THEY NEEDED TO FIRE THIS INSANE POMPOUS AS_. HIS ARROGANCE WILL GET HIM NOWHERE, AND WOULD PROBABLY GET THEM IN TROUBLE. THEY WERE SMART.HOPE HE LEARNS THE HARD WAY, AND GETS HUMBLE..HE MUST HAVE SOME ADDICTION GOING, TO HAVE THAT MUCH ARROGANCE, OR A PERSONALITY DISORDER OR SOMETHING.

1285 days ago
54.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Rachel or Special Ed will be next out the door, probably within 6 months, and rightly so. Special Ed emits too much spittle when he's going off - which is just about his whole show.

1285 days ago
55.

Lori    


Wow #42 "Blake"

Tell us how you REALLY feel... and then of course go take your meds and a nap...you sound like your shoes are on too tight.

1285 days ago
56.

Retired    

Keith's program was one of only two shows I watched on MSNBC. When COMCAST decides that Rachel is too liberal, that will be it for me.

1285 days ago
57.

Scalawag    

One less reason to watch TV.

One more reason to hate Comcast.

1285 days ago
58.

DS    

Keith Olbermann will be missed. Comcast has decided to flex its muscles and fire the man who told the truth. The truth hurts for sure and Comcast couldn't take it. Is Comcast the new Fox News? Who's their next target?

1285 days ago
59.

Quinn    

As a liberal I'm glad this tool was fired. He spent way too much time attacking FOX New which I thought played right into their hands. All Olbermann did was complain about his competition. I can't believe they paid him 7 million a year to do that. CRAZY!

1285 days ago
60.

BANKING ON HEAVEN . COM    

Bummer! Love Keith!!!

1285 days ago
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