Was Keith Olbermann fired from MSNBC? Although Keith Olbermann fired speculation has not been proven yet, no one would be surprised if that’s what really happened. The sudden end to “Countdown” came Friday night, as MSNBC’s most notorious progressive signed off for the last time. But although he shocked his viewers with the news, he didn’t say much of why he was leaving now. Therefore, many assume that he isn’t leaving by choice, and Olbermann’s decision came from NBC’s future owners.
This sudden departure brings an end to a more controversial period than usual. Over the last few months, the “Countdown” host was suspended for campaign contributions, briefly shut down his Twitter account, and ended his “Worst Persons In The World” segment.
For years, rumors of Olbermann being fired have followed the controversial pundit. His various attacks on Fox News and the right wing, and his clashes with his own network, frequently got him in trouble. In fact, he was close to being let go for his campaign contributions, but he was merely suspended for two days, after a public outcry.
When he returned, he offered apologies to his fans, but not to the network. Yet despite this close call, it appeared he would stay around for a while. He had been established as the symbol of MSNBC’s left-wing bias, and had a contract up until 2012.
However, the Olbermann speculation has centered on NBC’s new direction. Soon, its merger with Comcast is likely to be official, and there are already rumors on how it will affect MSNBC. According to Deadline Hollywood, it may result in more of a right-wing influence, which likely wouldn’t sit well with the “Countdown” host.
Comcast chief Brian Roberts and NBC Universal chief Steve Burke are donors to the Republican Party. Deadline Hollywood alleges the new regime may “tinker” with MSNBC’s political bias, to make it more fair and balanced, so to say.
Could objections to this proposed policy have gotten Olbermann fired? Already, NBC and Comcast have had to deny it, as Comcast’s stated it would not interfere with NBC’s news division. Yet because Olbermann said that “all that surrounded the show” was too much for him, it fueled a lot of suspicion, although he didn’t go any further.
Whether they had Olbermann fired or not, he may not be able to say what really happened for a while. Deadline claims that he can’t go to another network right away, so it could take some time for him to find his next job.
Deadline Hollywood- “COMCAST MAKEOVER; MSNBC and Keith Olbermann Have Ended Their Contract; Lefty MSNBC About To Make Right Turn?”
New York Times- “Olbermann Leaves Countdown on MSNBC”
Bloomberg Business Week- “Keith Olbermann gives abrupt goodbye to MSNBC show”