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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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31.

Keiths Wife    

Keith, just got the word and I am so sorry you are part of the 30 million unemployed. I mean, its not fair and its not like you are talentless....well, I guess it is but hey, you are good at pushing down the others....and the others just did not have what it takes, ...right Keith? Keith? KEITH...DONT DO IT KEITH...ITS NOT THAT BAD...ITS NEVER THAT BAD KEITH!!! OK, go ahead Keith...I guess you are right this time...go ahead, DO IT!!!

1182 days ago
32.

Billy    

Not only did he get fired from MSNBC, the station watched the least in cable news, but he's their top performer. If you look at the latest ratings, you can multiply his number by 3 and he still can't reach Bill O'Reily.

People complain Fox is unfair and not balanced. But if you have watched this guy, you know that MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC are completely liberal networks.

Please send tingly leg Chris Matthews packing next.

Fired from MSNBC, now that's funny!!!

1182 days ago
33.

common sense prevails    

The only regret is that he didn't say that his departure was for medical reasons; perhaps a debilitating brain tumor, the size of his ego, leaving him but a few short months to live. His departure though would seem to leave MSNBC in quite a predicament; they could perhaps lose as much as an 80% of its viewership, with four of the five now watching going elsewhere.

1182 days ago
34.

fargone    

Thank you Jesus for answering one of my prayers. Please don't forget about the Mathews prayer.

1182 days ago
35.

Fidel's niece    

george clooney poster,

your moniker is ridiculous,
does not match your anti Obama post.

Dumbass, don't you know that THE REAL
George Clooney supports Obama.

1182 days ago
36.

rini6    

Don't celebrate the end of Keith's show unless you've seen it. It was a great show.

1182 days ago
37.

luze    

iowahawkblog tweeted this LOL comment:
Help Wanted: Jocksniffing drama queen with flair for hysterics needed for prime time host slot. Send resume & scream tape to MSNBC, NY NY

1182 days ago
38.

Claire    

I suppose he was let go so he could be the new "Gibbs"

1182 days ago
39.

Kinglouietechno    

Great job Keith u will be missed and I hope u come back to tv we need u light and love to u.......

1182 days ago
40.

Jerry Springer    

There is a god and he just got rid of that POS.... Party!!!!!!. Now if we can make MSNBC go away all will be good with the world.

1182 days ago
41.

sunny    

"top-rated"???????? in what world? did he ever break 300k viewers? doubt it. truth - just because you repeat the same lies every night DOES NOT make it truth just mindless banter.

1182 days ago
42.

Intenseone    

Dear Keith........don't let the door hit you in your liberal, lying, story spinning, commie ASS!!

1182 days ago
43.

femonanon    

Keith, you will, truly, be missed by me!! I will see you somewhere else soon by a network that will appreciate you and your talents. You and Rachel are the only 2 I ever watch!

1182 days ago
44.

Keiths Wife    

Bigger Not Better: Porn Star Dies After Breast EnlargementJan 21, 2011 – 5:20 PM KEITH BABY, A JOB OFFER!!!!!

1182 days ago
45.

natelan    

Comment #30:
#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!!!!
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Dear #30, apart from trying to silence free speech by threatening to run to your big brother (I thought you redneck hicks supported free speech? Or only free speech by other rednecks?), I wanted to post a pink for you...

Here is the link to a video where Glenn Beck literally tells his viewers to shoot Democrats in the head, just months before some redneck Republican actually went and did it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQcvbw6ExTQ

Congrats on silencing free speech today, Republitards.

1182 days ago
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