Keith Olbermann’s Farewell from MSNBC
On Friday, MSNBC abruptly parted ways with left-wing talk show host Keith Olbermann. Friday’s edition of “Countdown” was Olbermann’s last appearance on the cable TV network.
It was unclear whether Olbermann was forced out by MSNBC.
In his on-air good-bye, Olbermann thanked fellow MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, NBC sports anchor Bob Costas and the late Tim Russert, who hosted NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Olberman’s farewell lasted a little more than three minutes.
A little over 13 years ago, Olbermann left ESPN and wound up holding a series of other TV jobs. He finally landed at MSNBC in 2003. Olbermann said his MSNBC show—on the air for nearly eight years—had established itself as “anti-establishment.”
In a statement Friday, Olbermann’s most recent employer 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.”