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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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margie    

They have just lost the smartest man on msnbc. We will follow him wherever he goes. Hope we don't lose Rachal.

1307 days ago
92.

etm    

This is the only show I watch on MSNBC. If this is how they feel about this show and what it represents, I will never watch MSNBC again.

1307 days ago
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Carol Gater    

We're devastated! The only REAL voice of reason has been taken off the air.
Who will speak for us now?
Keith has always been patinate about what he feels is important. (Perhaps over the top occasionally.) But, spoken from the heart and the hearts of like-minded, thinking citizens.
We've been robbed.
Carol
Maine

1307 days ago
94.

Richard    

This is crushing. There isn't anyone that will really take his place. Well done to Keith for teaching us so much about politics,and with humour. What a stand-up guy.

1307 days ago
95.

Kate    

Buh-bye, Keith. This was long overdue.

1307 days ago
96.

Jason Alexander    

Nice to see all the right wing nuts posting on TMZ.

1307 days ago
97.

Cindy    

My husband and I are big fans Keith. We wish you all the best, and we will really miss your show, and your James Thurber stories

1307 days ago
98.

Sandy    

#61 Wow .. Such kind words. Are you sure your name isn't Keith? Either you are trying to be satirical and not doing well, or you are the total idiot. I was not disrespectful, but you certainly are. If you are typical of his viewers, then I am glad I stopped watching. Remember, when you send bad medicine out it comes back to you.

1307 days ago
99.

sky    

C-O-M-C-A-S-T hahhahahhahahahaha !!!!!!!!

1307 days ago
100.

Keith    

Good riddance. Truly the "Worst Person in the World". Should have stayed with sports commentary.

1307 days ago
101.

Grace    

Good. He is a bore.

1307 days ago
102.

starstuff    

What is going here... one wonders. Hmmmm....

1307 days ago
103.

Shanan Li    

Ding Dong the baby's gone!!! Now they need to fire Rachel MadCow!!!

1307 days ago
104.

Dan    

I will set my TV to record Rachael, that's it. I so looked forward to his show. Rachael please don't let us down!!

1307 days ago
105.

Chicagoray    

Hopefully this happens in threes and Schultz, Madcow and the Leg trickler aren't far behind.

1307 days ago
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