Olbermann, the very successful, albeit controversial, broadcaster of the show ‘Countdown’ did not address the why’s on his exit, just that he is leaving. According to NBC, his contract expired, which was not set to expire until two years from now. The network and the host were in re-negotiations, but that should not have any bearing on the current contract. All we are left to do is speculate.
Some sources say the merger of NBC and Comcast had something to do with it, but Comcast denies any such notion.
The only real quote we got from the network was “”MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
His program on MSNBC was their top rated program, what will they do now? His leaving was so abrupt that MSNBC still has him in their “Lean Forward” ads. To end his show, like he has every Friday night, he read a James Thurber short story, this one titled “Scottie Who Knew Too Much” published in 1940.
The story’s final line: “It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all of the answers.”
After thanking a few people, like the late Tim Russert (but not any brass from NBC) he said his good night and good luck.
…and with that, the show ended, and Countdown was over.
MSNBC announced that Lawrence O’Donnell, who substituted for Keith on many occasions will take over Olbermann’s time slot beginning this Monday.
No one knows yet what Olbermann plans to do. Will he go to CNN? Will he go anywhere or does the buyout of his contract forbid him at this time? My guess is we will find out more sooner than later. Keep an eye on Keith’s twitter! I’m sure it will start sending messages soon.
Did you watch Olbermann? What are your feelings on him leaving? Will you follow him to another network if he so chooses to go there?