Keith Olbermann resigns suddenly

Keith Olbermann in November (Virginia Sherwood/MSNBC)

On Friday night, Keith Olbermann announced he is leaving MSNBC and that that night’s Countdown show would be his last. He did not provide an explanation as to why.

Watch his televised resignation here.

From the New York Times‘ “Media Decoder” blog:

Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately.

The host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management of the network for some time, especially since he was suspended for two days last November, came to an agreement with NBC’s corporate management late this week to settle his contract and step down.

In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. He offered no explanation other than on occasion, the show had become too much for him.

Mr. Olbermann thanked his viewers for their enthusiastic support of a show that had “gradually established its position as anti-establishment.”

In a statement, MSNBC said : “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. 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.”

Continue reading the NYT’s blog post here.

Side note, this also seems a fitting time to revisit the best Olbermann impression ever, by Ben Affleck on Saturday Night Live. Watch that here.

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