The man who infelicitously named a segment of his news commentary show “Worst Person in the World” is calling it quits.
Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC’s Countdown, will be leaving the network effective immediately. Last night’s show, in fact, was Olbermann’s last, correctly suggesting the split was anything but amicable. As Mediaite reports:
Olbermann and MSNBC were headed for a breakup long before Comcast’s rise to power, but clearly something set the divorce into motion quickly today….
[A] blunt, brief statement of Olbermann’s final day, compared to [a] long, lush programming memo that makes no mention of Olbermann suggests that while the timing may not have been set, the foundation had been laid for today’s move.
As to whether Olbermann was pushed out by MSNBC or merely jumped of his own accord,
sources inside the network say it came down to the more mundane world of office politics—Olbermann was a difficult employee, who clashed with bosses, colleagues and underlings alike, and with the Comcast-related departure of Jeff Zucker, and the rise of [MSNBC hosts Rachel] Maddow and [Lawrence] O’Donnell, the landscape shifted, making an Olbermann exit suddenly seem well-timed.
Under the terms of his contract, the New York Post reports, “[t]he garrulous gasbag will likely also have to stay off the air at least until fall….” Nevertheless, speculation is running high that Olbermann will ride the airwaves again. Former MSNBC host David Shuster opined on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN that a talent like Olbermann’s would draw plenty of interest, to which Cooper politely agreed.
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