Olbermann Fired

January 22, 2011 by USA Post 

Olbermann Fired, (CP) – Keith Olbermann MSNBC television host said Friday he was leaving the network and recorded his latest “Countdown” show.

MSNBC has published a statement it had terminated its contract with the host controversial, without further explanation. Olbermann hosted the most popular program on the network, but his liberal views often struggle made him a target of criticism.

Olbermann has not explained why he left. “MSNBC’s Keith thank you for his role in the success of MSNBC and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said network.

A spokesman said Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, declined to comment on the release of Olbermann. Spokesman Jeremy Gaines would say only that the acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast, which received regulatory approval this week, had nothing to do with the decision.

Olbermann has been suspended without pay from the network for two days in November for the donation of three Democratic candidates who violated the policy of NBC News political donations. Olbermann complained he was being punished for violating a rule wrongly applied inconsistently he knew nothing.

The host apologized to fans – but not the network.

Olbermann, before leaving the show with a signature script final nod to the camera, thanked the audience for sticking with him and read a poem by James Thurber.

“This may be the only television program where the host has been much in the public’s fear that the opposite,” he said.

He thanked a number of people, including the late Tim Russert, but not ostentatiously Griffin and NBC News President Steve Capus.

Olbermann show prime-time network is the first order. Its evolution from a humorous look at the headlines of the day in a show ostensibly liberal in the latter half of the administration of George W. Bush has led to MSNBC largely Network your way toward it, with rentals or Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell in primetime.

But Olbermann was known for personality mercury backstage and he was almost fired last year for donations to political parties. He left a show in primetime on MSNBC in late 1990, complaining that management made her report on the scandal over impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

He was particularly critical of Fox News Channel and its direct competitor, Bill O’Reilly, often naming his “worst person in the world” in a segment popular with his fans. Bosses at NBC had discussed trying to keep the tone down the vitriol.

MSNBC announced that O’Donnell, who had often filled in for Olbermann before starting his own show 10 pm time slot would be over Olbermann’s from Monday. “The Ed,” with Ed Schultz, will offer 22 hours Cenk Uygur of the webcast “The Young Turks,” Schultz fill vacant slot 6 pm ET.

Olbermann signed a new four-year contract with MSNBC two years ago. We do not know what his plans are now.

It could give an impetus to the fight lineup of prime time CNN, but CNN Olbermann would mean a sudden change in its policy of non-partisan. It was not immediately known Olbermann could quickly move to another job if he wanted.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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