Update on Olbermann and MSNBC News

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Well, it looks like Olbermann and MSNBC were discussing his leaving for at least a week, and maybe longer, before yesterday’s announcement.  The New York Times is reporting that the discussions were ongoing for several weeks, and that Olbermann was the only prime-time host not present at a recent luncheon event held for advertisers.

MSNBC execs may not be the complete asses that initial reporting made them out to be, and that the parting is more mutual.  We, of course, still don’t know what was going on behind the scenes, or what effect ComCast’s buyout of NBC really had on Olbermann’s status.

Still, whatever the reasons for Olbermann’s departure, it will leave a big gap in MSNBC’s lineup that no amount of program shuffling will fill.

Maybe I’ll watch more than just Rachel Maddow, after all.  We’ll see.

MSNBC Fires Keith Olbermann

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I don’t know why, but today MSNBC told Keith Olbermann that today’s show was his last, as they were ending his contract.  Their press release on the matter says they wish him well in the future, but does not explain why the show was simply cut off.  No ratings numbers, no “difference of opinion” comments, nothing.  It must be difficult to come into work one morning and be told “this is it, after the show clean out your desk”.

MSNBC’s notice included this disclaimer, which immediately makes one think this is exactly what happened:

Msnbc spokesman Jeremy Gaines would say only that the acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast, which received regulatory approval this week, had nothing to do with the decision.

I do know one thing about the time slot formerly occupied by Countdown…  I won’t be watching whatever they put in it’s place.  I’ll tune in for Rachel Maddow, but otherwise they’ve lost a viewer.

Hopefully some other network will snap Olbermann up.  If one does, I implore them not to put him on at the same time as Maddow.  That would just be mean.

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