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Keith Olbermann leaves MSNBC, ends 'Countdown'

01/21/2011 by Olivia Allin

Keith Olbermann announced on Friday January 21 that he will be leaving MSNBC and has filmed his last episode of the network's top-rated show, "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

"MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract," the network said in a statement. "MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors."

Neither MSNBC or Olbermann have offered further explanation as to why the liberal host's contract has ended, but MSNBC has said that NBC's recent aquisition by Comcast had nothing to do with the decision.

"In the mundane world of television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative," Olbermann said during Friday's show. In the final moments of the show, Olbermann thanked his audience for keeping him on the air for eight years and read a James Thurber poem.

Back in November, Olbermann was suspended without pay for two days for donating to three Democratic candidates, which violated an NBC News policy. The popularity of his show led to the Network putting other left-wing hosts like Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell into primetime.

In December, Bristol Palin defended herself against Olbermann after he called the former tenn mother "the worst person in the world" because she preaches abstinence to teenagers.

MSNBC also announced that on Monday, January 24, "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" will be moving to Olbermann's former 8 p.m. time slot.

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