Keith Olbermann, one of the most popular faces in News and sports Keith Olbermann has left MSNBC. They have been 8 years together but now they 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.”
Olbermann announced his departure on his Friday night show.
“In the mundane world of 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.
According to New York Times, Keith Olbermann has at-least 2-years left in the 4-year contract worth 30 million dollars.
CNN was reporting that the reason for Keith Olbermann’s exit was due to the fallout of the purchase of Comcast of NBC and the exit of company head Jeff Zucker.
Watch the video of him saying Goodbye :