Keith Olbermann: Fired By MSNBC!

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Keith Olbermann, one of the best known cable news personalities on either side of the political spectrum, was abruptly fired yesterday by MSNBC.

Olbermann, in the middle of a four-year $30 million deal set to last until 2012, announced on last night's edition of Countdown that it was his last.

The dismissal is said to be at least indirectly related to Comcast's acquiring of NBC and the parent company's distaste for his defiance and attitude.

Here's Olberman signing off for the final time last night ...

Sources said network brass basically paid the pundit to scram by working out an agreement in which he would get lost and continue to be paid.

He will have to stay off the air at least until fall as a result.

MSNBC issued a vague, unemotional statement saying it ended its contract with Olbermann, who hosted the top rated show on the network.

The statement read in part, "MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors." Nice.

Olbermann was suspended briefly a few months ago in light of some political donations the host made, but no one saw this swift exit coming.

Executives have said tensions between Olbermann and the network, which were palpable to begin with, have been running high since then.

Neither side has offered a formal explanation, but the network said 10 p.m. host Lawrence O'Donnell would move into Keith's slot Monday.

What do you think of the move? Is MSNBC crazy for bidding happy trails to such a high-rated host? Good riddance or good luck to Keith?

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YES YES YES!!!! This guy is a piece of work. I love how people like him and even Rachel Maddow never have the other side to counter their arguments...NEVER. They bash people like Bill Oreily and Sean Hannity but at least they have guests that they can honestly debate with rather then rip their opposition to shreds. I am an independent but have come to despise the far left for their arrogance and hatred.

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ko is an idiot, he has no idea what the truth is, but the true american will make sure he does know. The only poroblem is he could not care less!!!!!!!

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keith o. was the best thing on msnbc. those guys were crazy for firing him. i no longer watch it. his show was the best ever. i truly miss it. can't wait to find out where he's going next. msnbc you suck, and i tell everyone i can so. i had all my friends and relatives watching an every last one of them were disappointed when he signed off, we could'nt beleive it. msnbc, you really f'ed up.

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@Phil: You would rather see: O'Rielly, Mr. Oxycontin and, Mr. Buzz Cut from Utah, can't think of his name, their so famous. Oh yeah! like that German beer? Beck, that's it. Bottom line: None of the above, the last two being slackers, can hold the 'O' man's jock-strap, especially in the brains category.

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They all should loose their jobs. Every one of those bastards are full of shit. Self serving, self righteous and totally corrupt : ) enjoy, SUCKAS

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You Guys are fucking ass holes for firing him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Glad such a hateful guy is gone, now I'll watch MSNBC again!

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Couldn't have happened to a better rat ba$tard. Cya don't let the door hit ya on the way out you dirty, lying pathetic scum sucking parasite.

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Keith sucked, no loss there. Wish they could get rid of more of these guys and move on with real reporting. Hope they find new people . No one person is worth $1000000 or more.