Keith Olbermann has bid his viewers adieu…
The final Countdown with Keith Olbermann aired tonight. Olbermann was the “highest-rated host on MSNBC.” Stunning his viewers, he announced on the air “that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately.”
The host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management of the network for some time, especially since he was suspended for two days last November, came to an agreement with NBC’s corporate management late this week to settle his contract and step down.
In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. He offered no explanation other than on occasion, the show had become too much for him.
The NY Times blog Media Decoder reports:
In a statement, MSNBC said : “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
MSNBC announced that “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” would replace “Countdown” at 8 p.m., with “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz taking Mr. O’Donnell’s slot at 10 p.m. Mr. Olbermann did not discuss any future plans, but NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time.
Olbermann was the on air champion of progressive and liberals but scorned and reviled by conservatives. The speculation is topic of discussion in the blogosphere tonight as bloggers left, right and middle start hashing out theories on why Olbermann is out at MSNBC.
He will be missed. “Good night and good luck,” Mr. Olbermann. “Good night and good luck.”