Keith Olbermann Out: Comcast In

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Less than a week after the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice approved the merger of conservative media giant Comcast and NBC, MSNBC abruptly fired Keith Olbermann.

With two years remaining on his four-year, $30 million dollar contract, Olbermann’s Friday’s Countdown — MSNBC’s highest rated show, that helped MSNBC create a brand, signed off for the last time.

Keith Olbermann, a former sports announcer, began his career at MSNBC eight years ago. A brilliant writer and journalist, is also a well known kick-ass, who was not afraid to lock horns with management.

Watch Keith’s sign-off here:

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15 Responses to Keith Olbermann Out: Comcast In

  1. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    Personally, I plan to boycott MSNBC.

    I used to watch Keith and Rachel. Not every night (I have a life after all) but now I’ll just skip MSNBC into perpetuity. Who needs them?

  2. Rachel says:

    Un-fucking real. I’m with Greg Equality Lengkong. No reason to watch MSNBC now. I get most of my news from the ‘internets’ anyway. Keith will be fine though. He’s going to show up elsewhere like Sirius Radio where he will find freedom of speech and no Phil Griffin breathing down his back.

  3. Woodcliffe says:

    Keith Olbermann doesn’t need MSNBC. But I think MSNBC needs Keith Olbermann. Let’s see what happens to their rating now. I predict MSNBC will go the way of CNN with huge swaths of their audience vanishing in protest.

  4. Vivzzz says:

    Keith was always a threat to the suits at MSNBC. They couldn’t control him and for this, he paid the ultimate price: termination. I was shocked to hear Keith will not be permitted back on TV until his contract expires. I hope he shows up on Conan or Letterman. Those boys know what it’s like to battle the suits and win.

  5. Matteo says:

    Predictably, the rabid right is orgiastic over Keith’s firing.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    What utter bullshit. Maybe MSNBC under Comcast can replace Keith with Andrew Breitbart? Isn’t this really where MSNBC is headed? In a battle royale with FIXED News.

  7. Jenie says:

    I have no reason to watch your network anymore, Keith was what made your network what it is today. You guys are the pits getting rid of Keith,what a dumb move.

  8. Robbie says:

    I’m still in shock MSNBC would fire Keith so abruptly. I’m with everyone else here. I don’t have a reason to watch that network anymore.

  9. mauigirl says:

    What about Rachel? We need to support her even if Keith is gone. But she will be the only thing I watch on MSNBC.
    As for Keith, time will tell where he will surface – I’m sure he’ll be back in some manner, somewhere soon. I hope so – the loss of his voice is huge. We on the left don’t have enough voices as it is.

  10. Kate Novotny says:

    I like and admire Keith Olbermann. He’s a smart and a decent man.

    His ‘Countdown’ program was educational and entertaining. Quite an accomplishment when it comes to something as dry as politics. Plus, I find him attractive.

    Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time MSNBC kicked their talent to the curb. They did the same thing to David Shuster. He’s never returned to cable TV. MSNBC management must be a nightmare.

  11. libhomo says:

    If I still had cable TV, and the cable here was Comcast, I would get rid of my cable.

  12. Jim says:

    I’m sure that Comcast, that radical right wing org, had nothing to do with Keith’s firing. I’ll never tune in to MSNBC again.

  13. Marcus Ybanez says:

    TMZ is reporting Keith left over ca$h.

    Their report says he dispatched his agent to Comcast to say he was under paid at $7 million a year. Comcast, who thought Olbermann is a loose cannon, blanched and refused to renegotiate his contract, so they agreed to part company.

  14. Joe in Colorado says:

    Marcus Ybanez – Keith’s departure from MSNBC had been in the works for several weeks according to the New York Times. His viewers were caught off guard but Keith navigated the process. I am confident he will reappear on another cable channel or Sirius radio in two years. He’s too gifted as a political commentator and journalist to retire at 49 years of age.

  15. fran says:

    They say Olbermann was bought out & contractually restricted from going on broadcast TV for a certain period of time (like conan o’brian), so he got a chunk of money, but can’t do the same job on tv for a while.
    Bill Carter of the NY Times reports that, in the terms of his exit agreement with NBC, Olbermann is barred from appearing on television — for an unspecified period of time — though he’s clear for radio and internet.
    From Huff po:
    When Keith Olbermann signed off his show on Friday, he made reference to Network, the powerful 1976 network news film written by Paddy Chayefsky, who won an Oscar for his screen play. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you know the classic line, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” shouted out of windows all over America.

    Watching the film again I was struck not so much by Peter Finch’s stirring performance or the sad decline of William Holden as the faded news chief, but rather by the two crazed executives played by Robert Duvall and Faye Dunaway. These are the characters of importance here. Their ratings-hungry amorality culminated in the on air assassination of the Finch character, Howard Beale. It was a “necessary” corporate decision.

    Did Keith Olbermann reference Network to make a point? Was he trying to say that corporate suits had decided that he was a loose cannon, too far left for the good of profits and the bottom line of the new Comcast ownership? Perhaps, but we will learn more as the story gradually unfolds, which it will inevitably do.

    But the point of this post is not to speculate about the reasons for cancelling Countdown, but to suggest that what Network showed us in 1976, thirty-five years ago, was a prophetic take on what we are seeing now on cable television and in particular, the programming of the Fox News Network, whose dedicated followers are mad as hell and whose television carnival barkers whip them up into a frenzy of hatred and fear on a daily basis.

    Watch Network again and get a feel of what takes place on the upper floors of the corporate offices, where careers are made and broken. It’s not a pretty picture. Keith Olbermann said he was exhausted by the process, and he will no doubt enjoy his release from it, at least for a time. The anchors at Fox will of course gloat and snipe, and talk radio will celebrate because they will no longer be candidates for the Worst Person in the World.

    A critically important, articulate voice has been silenced, at least for a time, a victim of the overall tone and vapid content of cable news. We should be mad as hell, but given the present atmosphere in this country, the way Keith signed off on Friday, by reading a story by Thurber, was the better part of valor. Thanks Keith.

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