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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. 

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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Jeff Becker    

MSNBC's top rated show? That's like saying he has the top rated show on the "Nobody Watches" network. He's a POS!

1339 days ago


I really liked Keith! I really liked the way he mixed humor w/ news. Hopefully he will show up again soon.

1339 days ago


I am loving the remarks from the "compassionate conservatives" most of whom pray to jebus with the same mouth that makes vile remarks about another human being.

1339 days ago


He left for a job as the White House press secretary at Obama's request.

1339 days ago


Comment #60...:
Can't imagine what kind of hippy liberal freaks watch him or Maddow! I would love to meet you folks. I'm sure I would be pretty creeped out. May even need a security guard with me. FOX NEWS IS #1 whether you artsy fartsy freaks like it or not.

Fox News is a government-run organization just like the Goebbels propaganda in 1930's Germany. Having the majority opinion doesn't make it the CORRECT opinion. A majority of Germans in the early 1940's believed it was OK to kill millions of Jews because THEIR government-run news outlets convinced them as such. In fact, the minority or dissenting opinion is often proven by history as the morally appropriate choice. A majority of Americans are uneducated, can't find Iraq on a map, don't know how to spell the word "hypocrite" and vote against their own self-interests in every federal election. Not coincidentally, a MAJORITY of those same losers identify themselves as Republicans. Every Republican I know has had some mental or moral defect.

1339 days ago


@15 Please, Keith Olberman wouldnt know the truth if it came up behind him and bit him on the a s s . He quit before he got fired. msnbc had no notice..LOL msnbc rating are in the tank and have been. Comcast wants to make money and not be a joke. More trash will be taken out if it wont leave on its own.

1339 days ago


Godd riddance; he stopped being a newscaster long ago.

He's an arrogant BUM who brought down MSNBC; don't believe it ?

Look at the ratings; that's why he's GONE.

1339 days ago



I bet BOTH of his viewers are outraged.

1339 days ago


CINEMA's comment #64:
Liberal s***bag! This guys a criminal who breaks the donation regz. He is a closed minded, hate filled bigot who needs to be snuffed out. We are so GLADD to see this POS go buh bye!

Typical Republican idiot who doesn't know a damn thing about laws or ethics. There was no law or "regulation" against Keith Olbermann making political donations, the rule he broke was a rule adopted by General Electric, owners of MSNBC.

If only Faux News had the same moral integrity... Instead, Faux spends 24 hours a day doing campaign fund raising for Republican politicians. You are too stupid to realize that you are being lied to. If we ever start to euthanize the stupid, you will be in the front of the line.

1339 days ago


YES! Now what will his 2 viewers do?

1339 days ago


@FiBiker watched the news this week...we don't need that kind of talk.

1339 days ago


Oh man!! I am bummed! He is so smart and truthful in his reporting! And the segment "Worst Person in the World", where he generally picks people with morals and values, will be missed. Where am I going to get my news now?

1339 days ago

concerned citizen    

Nobody liked him. He had the lowest ratings of all the cable talk show hosts - heard that early today on the radio - something like 700,000 viewers nightly. The. Lowest. Ratings. In Cable. That says something...

1339 days ago


Good riddens you yellow journalist. I lost all respect for that idiot when he called Scott Brown every bad name under the sun just because he was a Republican. Fox News is even worse but I expected more from Olbermann.

1339 days ago


Why does the right hate Obermann so bad?...I thought they don't watch him?

1339 days ago
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