Report Claims Comcast Behind Keith Olbermann Quitting
January 22, 2011
(ChattahBox News) – MSNBC’s liberal pundit Keith Olbermann abruptly announced at the end of his Friday edition of Countdown to his stunned viewers that the show was ending. Olbermann, who survived a recent high-profile clash with NBC brass over his campaign donations to Democrats said he just learned Friday that his show was over, and hinted that the departure wasn’t voluntary. The news came just as the government approved Comcast’s takeover of the majority share of NBC Universal, and Comcast denied it wanted him out because of his politics, releasing a midnight statement saying it had not yet closed its transaction with NBC Universal, and so does not yet have operational control. MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with the controversial host, with spokesman Jeremy Gaines saying only that the acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast, had nothing to do with the decision. However TMZ, sources say it had everything to do with Comcast’s acquisition of NBC, and that the cable companies bosses did not like Keith’s defiance and the way he played in the sandbox. Their sources say Keith has around two years left on his contract, and he’ll be paid his salary at around $7 million a year, however not unlike Conan O’Brian he’ll likely be benched for a minimum of 6 months, and probably longer.