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Keith Olbermann

Abruptly Leaves MSNBC

1/21/2011 11:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Keith Olbermann and MSNBC are going their separate ways ... effective immediately ... the liberal cable host announced tonight in a shocking move. 

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MSNBC issued a statement saying they had ended its contract with Olbermann, who hosted the top rated show on the network.

The statement read in part, "MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors." A spokesman went on to say that Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal had nothing to do with the decision.

Olbermann was suspended for two days in November for violating a network rule on political donations.

Lawrence O'Donnell, who hosts a show on the network at 10:00 PM, will fill Olbermann's 8:00 PM slot beginning Monday.

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bowgal    

I hope you said f--- you, comcast! You are the beacon of hope - don't go away. Don't let corporate takeover stop you.

1316 days ago
17.

jeff    

I guess he found out real life isn't as easy as espn. You have to actually know what you're doing. Oldest saying in ten world....Carefull what ya ask for.

1316 days ago
18.

Bill    

I'm shocked at the treatment that Keith Olbermann has received from MSNBC. I am a loyal fan of the station, but I will now try to find another source of the truth always available through people like Keith. I was always impressed with his erudite delivery and comments. He was the anchor of the entire news organization. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will stop watching the station. This is obviously a decision wrongly made by some incompetent who doesn't have a clue as to what meets the needs of thinking people..Adieu..

1316 days ago
19.

amy    

All of you haters..relentless hostility and acrimonious bigots...you know you are responsible for what happened in Arizona. You slobs w/ Beck, Hannity, Palin, and the druggie,you are all evil pigs

1316 days ago
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Gina    

He helped to make MSNBC what it is today. Bad move Comcast!

1316 days ago
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Michelle C.    

OMG!! I am heartbroken! Keith brought intelligence, honesty and "guts" to each newscast. MSNBC just fu*$#* up. Its better for Rachel to be on after Keith than Lawrence O'Donnell. There is no longer any balance on cable news. MSNBC will loose viewers for sure. We are loyal to or newscaster, not the network. MSNBC, "You are the worst person in the WORLD!"

1316 days ago
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Annie     

Comcast sucks!

1316 days ago
23.

george clooney    

#15 Candace....you want the truth? You can't handle the truth! OK, here is the truth....Keith tried coming out of the closet.....ran into your father....your mother came home.....wham, bam, thank you Obama's man and thats the story! Oh....Keith, you really are lonely huh? DON'T EVEN THINK FOX IS INTERESTED....THEY ARE NOT! YOU ARE A LOSER KEITH...AND SO ARE YOUR FRIENDS ABOVE....INFACT, THEY ARE BIGGER LOSERS THAN YOU BECAUSE, YOU ARE REALLY A SICKO LEFTO OBAMAO MANO, BYE BYO!

1316 days ago
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natelan    

First off, screw MSNBC. I will watch Rachel Madow, but will promptly turn the channel thereafter to not credit you any undue ratings. Your network is a joke.

Secondly, Keith Olbermann is a saint and was the greatest source of truth available on the television.

Thirdly, I hope this opens the door for firing violent rednecks like Glenn Beck, who recently advocated shooting democrats in the face. Search YouTube for "shoot them in the face Glenn beck" and you will see a video of Glenn Beck literally telling redneck hicks like Jared Lee Loughner to shoot their Democrat politicians in the face, yet he still has a job?

To the commenter before me, who criticized Keith for comments after the Giffords shooting, I ask what you think about Glenn Beck telling people to shoot Democrat politicians in the face? You guys just can't get passed the fact that we have a black president. Get over it, you pukes.

1316 days ago
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Annie     

.THEY ARE NOT! YOU ARE A LOSER KEITH...AND SO ARE YOUR FRIENDS ABOVE....INFACT, THEY ARE BIGGER LOSERS THAN YOU BECAUSE, YOU ARE REALLY A SICKO LEFTO OBAMAO MANO, BYE BYO!

Posted at 7:09 PM on Jan 21, 2011 by george clooney


Gee george..you are the voice of reason and sanity I see! Seek help please.

1316 days ago
26.

croc    

he sucks, and so does RACHHELL MADCOW.. and spitzer is next to go, i dislike all 3 of them.. oh yeh, and big ed, he has to go to.. cnn, better change it up,,big time..oh who cares, let them sink.

1316 days ago
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stumpy    

15.

shut up you stupid queens. Keith Olberman is great! I know you care more about mindless crap, but some of us like the truth.

Posted at 6:59 PM on Jan 21, 2011 by candace
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What does a liberal know about the truth?
Even when their totally wrong try to discuss
the issue with them and you're a hate monger
or an ignorant redneck instead of discussion and debate
liberals rely on intimidation and name calling
its kind of sad actually.

1316 days ago
28.

george clooney    

#25 I have reported you to the FBI for suggesting the shooting of democratic leaders. You need to be watched, arrested and tried for your violent behavior. WHO IS WATCHING PEOPLE LIKE YOU! Somebody grab this guy and hold him while the FBI comes and takes him away. He is way to violent for this world. Help!!!! FBI....we have a real sicko here....#25 is advocating violence!!!!

1316 days ago
29.

Annie     

FAUX News is on 27/7 for the ultra conservative crazies. The left will find another voice ; )

1316 days ago
30.

Birdsht    

Wow look at all the Teachers Union members and disabled city workers chiming in... Boo Hooo

1316 days ago
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