Olbermann and MSNBC part ways
January 21st, 2011
09:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Olbermann and MSNBC part ways

(CNN) - Keith Olbermann is leaving MSNBC, the "Countdown" host announced on his program Friday night.

The liberal commentator said he was told "this was going to be the last edition of the show."

"In the mundane world of television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative," Olbermann said.

Friday's announcement marks the end of an eight year career at the network.

The news comes after the prime-time host was suspended in November for violating the NBC ethics policies when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office.

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  1. Jim

    Great news. Keith has mental and outrage/anger issues and needs to get help. He was mean spirited and should have been fired a long time ago. There is no place in TV for such an individual. I just hope he doesn't try to get back into sports with ESPN and ruin that station.

    January 21, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. kyle

    He was excellent in calling out the right wing nuts in this Country.

    January 21, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. sunsohot

    I watched the show and was certain he was yanking my chain...........I will miss his intelligence and heart :( Please don't disappear, Keith!!

    January 21, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Decimal

    Thank God, his show was utter nonsense anyways.

    January 21, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Joe

    Great news! Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. CNN don't hire him.

    January 21, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Whatever

    WOW... imagine if he winds up on FOX! LMBO

    January 21, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Inmyopinion

    Glad to see him go, that man is all poison, negative, bitter. Poor guy, he thinks by mocking, twisting everything and ridiculing he'll convince his audience to ignore true facts, reality and believe in his fantasy world.

    January 21, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. mike.s

    Good riddance. Hopefully, this is followed by Fox getting rid of O'Reilly. That one-two punch would go a long way toward getting back toward civility.

    January 21, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. malabar

    Merry Christmas one and all! i thnk i just heard a bell ring . . . midnite train to georgia also seems relevant. LEAVIN'! civility proved just 2 much 4 the . . . hahaha

    January 21, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Paul

    A sad day for democracy. Radical right wing nuts such as Limbaugh and Beck continue to spew libel, propaganda and nonsense, such as making fun of Michael J Fox or visiting Chinese dignitaries, while a crusader for the truth is fired. Olbermann has been vilified by the right and even some in the middle when his main calling card has been exposing the lies and hypocrisies of those on the right. We will miss you, Keith, and hope you find a new home for your voice of reason soon.

    January 21, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. eleanor nace

    This is really pathetic, NBC.

    January 21, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. michaelam

    Sure will miss you, Kieth! Good luck and hope to see you in the very near future!
    While Beck, Rushbo, Bill-O, Insanity, and the others get to rage on and spread lies and hate, a voice of truth and logic was silenced. If the facts prove that Comcast successfully silenced a Progressive voice, Comcast just lost a customer and I hope many more follow suit!

    January 21, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Gil

    Please, Please, stem my worst fears that he is going to be bought off and by FOX and the Liars Club!

    January 21, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Rob in MO

    This is a big loss. He was a rare source of wisdom in a sea of distortion and banality. Corporate America requires conformity to its agenda.

    January 21, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. John G

    THANK YOU COMCAST for giving Keith O.the boot. Nobody deserves it more than him. Thanks again.

    January 21, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Well watch the new guy and lady on CNN ratings go up 99%.

    January 21, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. Fran Tibbs

    The reason That Iwatch msmbc is because of keith. In my opinion it's a great loss to your prime time weekly line-up. I certainly will explore other options for my political insight. Keith is funny smart and provides the perfect alternative to Bill ORilley.

    January 21, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Indie Woman in Denver

    The IQ-challenged execs (Phil & co) at MSNBC have finally done it - they've pissed off their viewers one too many times.

    January 21, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. lillknow

    I think Fox News is the publicist for Sara Palin for without them she would have had no outlet for her bizarre views and
    would have returned to her home town long ago. She has no sympathy for the shooting victims, and instead of apologizing
    she only thinks of herself. Can you imagine Palin holding a press conference along with the Chinese President and answering
    questions with multi-parts? Someone should advise her that she is not presidential material period.

    January 21, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. John G

    R.I.P. Keith Olbermann. You won't be missed, EVER!

    January 21, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. bob

    I'd say Comcast had a lot to do with this. If this trend continues, MSNBC will lose viewers.

    January 21, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  22. Snow

    Will make no difference. A no talent on a liberal biased network that only 10 or 12 idiots watch each night anyway.

    January 21, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    could it have anything to do with the current "civility" thing? If so then I hope Limbaugh and Hannity and Beck will follow suit and leave their shows as well.

    January 21, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. Helen Noeldner

    Happy trails, Keith. You've been a blessing these years and will thrive wherever you go-just hope it continues to be right in my face .

    January 21, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. Marlene Emond

    We are in shock. We have enjoyed Keith's quick wit and his kind ways. He has always treated his guests with respect and more than once he has made them laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. Keith's show has been our favorite. We could turn off some of the afternoon shows but never Keiths. We are so sorry MSNBC has decided to let Keith go. We will miss him.

    January 22, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
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