MSNBC, Olbermann Call It Quits, Cancel Show

Posted on January 22, 2011


I am thrilled to hear Keith Olbermann has left MSNBC. Olbermann, who fancied himself an intellectual, was instead a pompus loudmouth. Olbarmann was always angry that America was not the way he wanted it to be. One good example of what most people observed about Olbermann came from American Thinker in an article ‘The Fat Lady Sings for Keith Olbermann’Stuart Schwartz who wrote:
In the end and in Olbermann’s eyes, life is what it has always been: hostile. The viewers are disappearing, and all that remains is a Krakatoa of rage, of poisons spewing forth from a shell of a man on a shriveled network into the homes of a shrinking audience.

 And he reacts as always with howls of rage, the chief wannabe on the wannabe network: I wannabe an athlete, I wannabe a power, I wannabe a stud, I wannabe Bill O’Reilly, I wannabe loved, I wannabe the center of attention…a deranged diva who has yet to decide whether his jockstrap is half-empty or half-full. Olberman News Article

Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced it had agreed to end his contract and the last installment of his show would air that evening.

The surprise announcement strips MSNBC of its most-watched evening anchor after an increasingly tempestuous relationship, coming less than three months after the network briefly suspended the fiery host.

MSNBC and Mr. Olbermann have been discussing parting ways for some time, according to a person familiar with the matter. That person said they ultimately came to a financial agreement to end his contract two years early. The host signed a four-year deal worth $30 million in 2008.

Neither side offered an explanation for their split. On the air, Mr. Olbermann said it would be his last show, and thanked viewers

Executives have said tensions between Mr. Olbermann and the network have been running high since their spat in November, when the host was suspended for making three donations to Democratic candidates without seeking approval beforehand. One of them was U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who faced a tough re-election battle at the time, and narrowly survived an alleged assassination attempt earlier this month.

Mr. Olbermann missed two broadcasts during his suspension. MSNBC asked Mr. Olbermann to make a public apology for running afoul of its ethics rules before reinstating him, according to another person familiar with the matter. But Mr. Olbermann resisted so long as MSNBC kept him suspended, the person said.

After MSNBC lifted its suspension, Mr. Olbermann released a statement apologizing to viewers. But at least some senior executives and others at the network remained angry over Mr. Olbermann’s behavior, before and during the affair, a person familiar with their thinking said at the time.

Mr. Olbermann averaged 1 million viewers in 2010 in the 8 p.m. hour, according to Nielsen Co. figures from MSNBC, a distant second to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, but nearly double what CNN averaged against him in the hour. (News Corp. owns both Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.)