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Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« on: January 22, 2011, 01:54:40 AM »
(CNN) -- After eight years together, MSNBC and Keith Olbermann are parting ways.

A statement from NBC Universal revealed the move late Friday. "MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract," it read, "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."

At the end of his show Friday night, Olbermann announced his departure in typical deadpan style, evoking scenes from the film "Network" and thanking viewers for keeping him on the air for eight years.

"In the mundane world television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative," Olbermann said before launching into a story about his exit from ESPN 13 years ago.

"As God as my witness, in the commercial break just before the emotional moment, the producer got into my earpiece and he said, 'um, can you cut it down to 15 seconds so we get in this tennis result from Stuttgart,'" he said, half-smiling, pausing for composure.

"So I'm grateful I have a little more time to sign off here. Regardless this is the last edition of 'Countdown.' "

Olbermann thanked his crew and co-workers, with special praise for the man he called "my greatest protector and most indefatigable cheerleader," Tim Russert, the host of NBC's "Meet the Press" who died in 2008.

Olbermann was suspended for two days in November of 2010 after the news website Politico revealed donations made to to three Democrats seeking federal office. One of them was Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded earlier this month in a mass shooting and attempted assassination in Tucson.

He gave $2,400 -- the maximum individual amount allowed -- to Giffords' campaign, and the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva. Conway lost his bid, while Grijalva and Giffords eked out wins.

NBC said the donations violated a policy that requires employees of the news organization to obtain permission ahead of any political donations or activities that could be deemed as a conflict of interest.

Olbermann complained publicly about his frustration with NBC's management. He made it clear that he resented the insinuation that he was attempting to hide his actions.

"When a website contacted NBC about one of the donations, I immediately volunteered that there were in fact three of them; and contrary to much of the subsequent reporting, I immediately volunteered to explain all this, on-air and off, in the fashion MSNBC desired," Olbermann also said in a statement released during the time.

He also accused NBC of "inconsistently"applying its policy and suspending him without first hearing his side of the story.

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I saw this coming after Comcast took over. Who's next?

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011, 05:36:05 AM »
good riddance.
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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2011, 12:15:34 PM »
good riddance.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF KEITH?  I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  :lmao:
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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2011, 12:31:31 PM »
good riddance.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF KEITH?  I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  :lmao:

he won't be on tv anytime soon.  that's a good thing.
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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2011, 12:44:42 PM »
good riddance.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF KEITH?  I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  :lmao:

he won't be on tv anytime soon.  that's a good thing.

I think you are probably wrong about that.  Also, I enjoyed watching his show.

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 12:47:13 PM »
good riddance.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF KEITH?  I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  :lmao:

he won't be on tv anytime soon.  that's a good thing.

I think you are probably wrong about that.  Also, I enjoyed watching his show.

Me too, and I agree.. :nod:

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 01:03:43 PM »
gma weekend reported this morning that as part of his termination he can not work on tv for an extended period of time.
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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2011, 03:03:27 PM »
good riddance.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF KEITH?  I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  :lmao:

he won't be on tv anytime soon.  that's a good thing.

I think you are probably wrong about that.  Also, I enjoyed watching his show.

Me too, and I agree.. :nod:
........me, too, and was actually watching the program last nite when he signed off.  I was just as stunned as everyone else.  His departure leaves a serious void at MSNBC.  Save Rachel Maddow and, perhaps, a couple of others, the rest of that lineup just doesn't intrigue me at all.

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011, 03:06:26 PM »
there is no void at msnbc.  six months from now you people will say keith who.
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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 03:06:54 PM »
good riddance.
......"good riddance" of WHAT, reasoned, informed, and intelligent commentary and analysis?  Do you REALLY think the garbage disseminated on Fox News channel, a lineup including that ridiculous woman from Alaska, serves the public interest?

No doubt MSNBC serves as a left-leaning alternative to the hate and vitriol spewed on Fox daily, but they back up everything they say with cogent, supportable FACTS!!!!!

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 03:18:45 PM »
good riddance.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF KEITH?  I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  :lmao:

he won't be on tv anytime soon.  that's a good thing.

I think you are probably wrong about that.  Also, I enjoyed watching his show.

Me too, and I agree.. :nod:
........me, too, and was actually watching the program last nite when he signed off.  I was just as stunned as everyone else.  His departure leaves a serious void at MSNBC.  Save Rachel Maddow and, perhaps, a couple of others, the rest of that lineup just doesn't intrigue me at all.

I'd ask you to consider or reconsider Lawrence O'Donnell . I've been watching his show and I think he does a good job.

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 01:17:26 AM »
good riddance.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF KEITH?  I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING.  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  :lmao:

he won't be on tv anytime soon.  that's a good thing.

I think you are probably wrong about that.  Also, I enjoyed watching his show.

Me too, and I agree.. :nod:
........me, too, and was actually watching the program last nite when he signed off.  I was just as stunned as everyone else.  His departure leaves a serious void at MSNBC.  Save Rachel Maddow and, perhaps, a couple of others, the rest of that lineup just doesn't intrigue me at all.

Add me to the list.

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 01:36:20 AM »
gma weekend reported this morning that as part of his termination he can not work on tv for an extended period of time.
You lie, post a link.

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2011, 02:23:42 AM »
MSNBC just lost a lot of viewers

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Re: Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 06:46:29 AM »
gma weekend reported this morning that as part of his termination he can not work on tv for an extended period of time.
You lie, post a link.

no lie.  i just watched the gma video.  ron claiborne referenced the new york times.  olbermann won't be on tv for an extended period.  olbermann also had 30 million remaining on his contract. 
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