Keith Olbermann was one of the best cable news personalities at MSNBC who led the transformation of the station into a forefront television news network. Despite this, his bosses have decided to fire him recently.
The reason seems to be in connection with Comcast’s acquiring of NBC and their distaste for his defiance and attitude.
Last night, Olbermann informed viewers on “Countdown” that it was his last show and read a story by James Thurber for three minutes as a final statement. Meanwhile, MSNBC sent a statement indicating that “MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
According to TMZ, Keith was in the middle of a four-year $30 million deal set to last until 2012, so he will continue to get his salary, which is around $7 million a year.
Neither the president of the network, Phil Griffin, nor Olbermann responded to requests for explanations of this steep output. What is certain though is that the network said 10 p.m. host Lawrence O’Donnell would move into Keith’s slot Monday.
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