Was Keith Olbermann fired from MSNBC? TMZ says yes, NY Times, Comcast say no
Keith Olbermann leaves MSNBC
Keith Olbermann took to the airwaves tonight, as he has for nearly eight years, to host his show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” The show took a surprising turn as Mr. Olbermann announced the January 21, 2011 appearance would be his last. Without word or warning, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” ceased.
MSNBC releases statement
MSNBC released a statement graciously thanking Mr. Olbermann for his contributions over the past eight years, but specific details were not given. Now, a new report by TMZ, the popular celebrity tabloid website, suggests that Mr. Olbermann was in fact fired. This has not been confirmed by MSNBC or Keith Olbermann.
TMZ says Keith Olbermann fired by Comcast; New York Times refutes
TMZ also states that their sources report that Keith Olbermann was fired due to the recent acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast. Again, this statement was refuted by the New York Times which reported their sources as speaking with NBC executives who stated, “NBC executives said the move had nothing to do with the impending takeover of NBC Universal by Comcast. “
Comcast releases statement
Additionally, Comcast released a statement on their official blog denying they had anything to do with Keith Olbermann’s firing, “Comcast has not closed the transaction for NBC Universal and has no operational control at any of its properties including MSNBC. We pledged from the day the deal was announced that we would not interfere with NBC Universal’s news operations. We have not and we will not.” Sena Fitzmaurice, Comcast spokesperson.
TMZ statement unverified
TMZ posted on their site the following statement which is in direct contradiction with the statement released by Comcast, “Keith Olbermann was fired by MSNBC sources tell TMZ, and we’re told it had everything to do with Comcast’s acquisition of NBC.”
At this point, there has been no official confirmation that Keith Olbermann was fired from MSNBC. If Mr. Olbermann was fired, it was not a result of the Comcast acquisition, according to statements made by the New York Times and Comcast.
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