Olbermann is Olber-done

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"In the mundane world of television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative."

Those were some of the last words from Keith Olbermann's final "Countdown" Friday night. Olbermann, who was released from NBC Universal after being with the corporation since 2003, was grateful for the experiences he had while being host. No one is sure why the political pundit was booted from MSNBC, but there are some reports out there that make NBC once again the villain when it comes to releasing media personalities.

The release of the former ESPN anchor comes after two days after Comcast and Universal officially made their merger. Did the merger lead to Olbermann's ejection from MSNBC? A report from TruthOut says maybe. Senator Bernie Giffords now wants the merger to stop after believing that Olbermann being ousted was due to the merger.

NBC has its shadowy ways of how they oust their members. Most recently, it was Conan, now it's Olbermann to receive a pink slip. So what does NBC deserve?

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Jeremy Dubois January 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

We had the same case on a French Channel. The most famous french anchor has been booted out of his chair after 30 years as the News anchor. He has been replace by a younger journalist. The question is: is talent enough to work on TV or do we have to look good and be young ?

Morgan Abel January 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

Is this really all that surprising? At the end of the day, NBC is a corporation, and the firing of Keith Olbermann or even Conan O'Brien comes down to their profit margins and not much else.

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