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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Nah nah nah nah hey hey hey GOODBYE!!!!

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Unforgiveable! What happens to a democracy when the voices of dissent are stilled?

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Are you sure NBC (MSNBC) was not bought by FOX.

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MSNBC sucks anyway...especially now that they are owned by cable giant ComCast. MSNBC will suck even more than it already does without Olbermann. What a stupid hair brain move on the part of the network. They will lose millions of viewers now. Good they deserve it.

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Oh my god
here we go
Comcast POS

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There goes "The Worst Man In The World". Proves that stringing together rants does not constitute it being truth.

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And the right wing thinks that THEY are the ones that people want to silence. Let's see how Comcast changes with MSNBC does now. We need people like Keith and Rachel Maddow to cut through the BS of the right wing.

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I will be discontinue my service with Comcast effective immediately!

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did he say or do anything controversial lately?

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Im the first!!!!! Yeah!!!!