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Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Olbermann signs off from 'Countdown'

By Terri Rupar

Watch Keith Olbermann announce that he has just finished his last "Countdown."

What do you think about his goodbye? Any words you found particularly interesting? Leave your thoughts on his signoff in the comments below. And read more about what happened here.

Check out some of the latest from Twitter on Olbermann:

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His politics aren't mine, but there has to be room for different opinions. He may be bombastic, he is definitely a pr!ck, but he's very intelligent. Wouldn't it be rich if Fox hired him?

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 21, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Dusty skies I can't see nothing in sight
Good old Dan, you'll have to guide me right
If we lose our way the cattle will stray
And we'll lose them all tonight
All of the grass and water's gone
We'll have to keep moving on

Sand blowing I just can't breathe in this air
Thought it would soon be clear and fair
But dust storms have played hell with landin' folks as well
Got to be moving somewhere

So get along doggies, we're moving off of this range
Never thought as how I'd make a chain
But the blue skies have failed, so we're on our last trail
Underneath these dusty skies

These ain't tears in my eyes, just sand from these dusty skies

Posted by: blasmaic | January 21, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Keith is a unique personality. I'm not happy that in one fell swoop "egos" probably took his Countdown away. I liked what he said, "This may be the only televison program where the host was much more in awe of the audience than vice versa". I'll miss his reading of Thurbur, especially about the animals. He thinks honestly, and that is in itself, not seen very much in our society on tv.

Posted by: Mars7 | January 21, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

The question remains, was Keith Olbermann booted because he was a bad fit for ComCast's right wing sympathies, or did he bow out happily because he had too much integrity to work under ComCast's right-leaning shadow?

Posted by: psplus | January 21, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the new Comcast/MSNBC. I wonder when they will axe Rachel Maddow? She's now the only reason to watch this network ....and hey Keith, I'll be waiting for your new show, where ever it may be.(and please do hurry up-we need you) Thank you so much for the past 8 years. Good Luck and God Bless.

Posted by: DMDinNV | January 21, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I was so shocked by his statement tonight. I'll miss him and I hope he has a new show somewhere soon.

Posted by: jtsw | January 21, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

it's a Comcast thing.

Posted by: therev1 | January 21, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Keith was different - he had the courage of his convictions and he voiced them. No news on what happened, but I guess Comcast had an irreconcilable clash of ideology - or whatever. Their loss - and unfortunately ours, too. All the best to Keith - he will surface again soon, somewhere, I hope.

Posted by: robinx | January 21, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the cancellation of Edward R. Morrow's See It Now in 1958:

"According to Friendly, Murrow asked Paley if he was going to destroy See It Now, into which the CBS chief executive had invested so much. Paley replied that he did not want a constant stomach ache every time Murrow covered a controversial subject."

Posted by: twm1 | January 21, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I will sleep well this evening knowing that this crazed hate filled person will no longer be on the air.

Posted by: state82 | January 21, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LincolnX | January 22, 2011 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Keith is a lone voice that is much needed. I am sure next they will get rid of Rachael and Ed. Obviously facts and opposing opinions are not what MSNBC wants. They want to be more like Rush Limbaugh. I think I will now turn you off MSNBC. I cannot bear to watch as you axe the people that give us something other than the right. I hope Keith has a forum where he can continue to speak out. I pray he does not give up and give in to the raging stupidity of our times.Heaven help us all.

Posted by: sharinginck | January 22, 2011 1:17 AM | Report abuse

We need to boycott comcast. They were awful as a service and are awful now. We need to be rid of comcast.

Posted by: sharinginck | January 22, 2011 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Thank you President Obama for getting rid of Obermann for us. Your speech on civility in Tucson made the difference. I bet Mr. Matthews, Sgt. Schultz, Comrade O'Donnell and Ms Maddcow are getting thrills up their legs right fear.

Posted by: TexasTechsan68 | January 22, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

It is very sad that Mr. Olbermann is having to leave MSNBC. I think we should all boycott MSNBC--all programs and all sponsors until he is brought back whether or not Comcast likes it. Comcast is much too powerful and expensive anyway.

Posted by: MiriyamGevirtz | January 22, 2011 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Comcast was obviously behind this. I hope they go broke!

Posted by: Orlando779 | January 22, 2011 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Comcast was obviously behind this. I hope they go broke!

Posted by: Orlando779 | January 22, 2011 2:46 AM | Report abuse

I think you have lost your mind, to let this man go.Very honest reporting,not shaded like Fox News!!! I for one will miss him.

Posted by: Stevenstevensr | January 22, 2011 3:43 AM | Report abuse

Hard to believe how I will miss watching Olberman. He was not perfect as all of us are, but he was sensible and a good thinker.
Never mind Keith, life is everywhere!

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | January 22, 2011 4:43 AM | Report abuse

The ink was not even dry on the FCC and Justice Department sign-off on the Comcast-NBC merger before Comcast muzzled the USA's leading progressive media voice. Comcast claimed it would respect the issues people had brought up who feared the merger, but as history has proven before, those were all lies. Comcast has one motive, expanding its empire, and people like Olberman who speak out about anti-trust enforcement and media conglomeration are considered dangerous to Comcast. Never mind that he was the network's highest rated anchor or making the company lots of money. Never mind they will have to spend $7 million a year to pay him for doing nothing. Apparently it is worth $7 million a year to keep him off the airways. Shame on the FCC, shame on Comcast, shame on Obama and his Justice Department who agreed to allow this merger to happen. This is a terrible day for free speech in America. We should all be appalled. Comcast has not even yet officially taken over, what will they do next? It makes me cringe just thinking about it.

Posted by: nyc98765 | January 22, 2011 5:55 AM | Report abuse

KO is leaving for medical reasons - he's seeking a cure for his terminal cranial-rectal inversion. Good riddance!

Posted by: jts53 | January 22, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Happy Trails to you, but watch for that closing door on you way out. Perhaps you can fill in for some other imbicile, such as Bill Maher

Posted by: mcmorrowpc | January 22, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Lean Backward is right. Keith was the only reason (then Rachel) why we suffered through all those damned commercials. I didn't always agree with him, but he is honest and sincere, 2 qualities in short supply these days.

We will miss him. Don't go to CNN or FOX, Keith. Find an honest and sincere network, if you can.

Posted by: mjb5 | January 22, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Keith & Rachel have one of the best research teams (I can hear Faux News asking "what is that"). They always brought out the lies of the politicians & other news/cable channels. They bring out what some one said during campaigns, 6 months back, 6 weeks back & now & put them on the spot. That is why they are unpopular among attack dogs like Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck et al.
If Comcast is the reason for his leaving, MSNBC/NBC will turn out to be another business, like Rupert Murdoch empire, pimping out shows/programs just for the revenue they generate.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | January 22, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Keith & Rachel have one of the best research teams (I can hear Faux News asking "what is that"). They always brought out the lies of the politicians & other news/cable channels. They bring out what some one said during campaigns, 6 months back, 6 weeks back & now & put them on the spot. That is why they are unpopular among attack dogs like Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck et al.
If Comcast is the reason for his leaving, MSNBC/NBC will turn out to be another business, like Rupert Murdoch empire, pimping out shows/programs just for the revenue they generate.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | January 22, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I can't say I'll miss his hateful rhetoric.

People don't really need parrots from the two parties reinforcing what partisan voters already think, and adding to the hate talk, do they?

Posted by: Benson | January 22, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Olbermann used the right strategy for pealing off viewers from O'Reilly. Fox at 8 p.m. has in excess of a million regular viewers, while MSNBC had no identity, until Olbermann began assailing O'Reilly.

I always thought that Chris Matthews was better informed on political topics, while Olbermann had more a voice-of-God style that general viewers like. In last year's general election, MSNBC evolved into talking points for the Democratic effort, which I don't need as badly as I do polling data. And Fox was talking polls because it was easy to talk polls when the conservative were always ahead.

Whoever follows will still gain from being the anti-O'Reilly, but the observation that the anti-O'Reilly dynamic drives the numbers can work for anyone programmed against Fox. But everyone else seems to believe the liberal editorial viewpoint will diminish.

Comcast could never own Disney though. We just can't have Snow White and the Seven Dwarves own by the company that gave us 700 dwarf porn sites on the Internet.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 22, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

See you on HBO. Just like Bill Maher. Freedom of speech still reigns over there.

Posted by: tcolkett | January 22, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

A little humility would have helped, Keith.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 22, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

So sorry that MSNBC chose the path they did in releasing Keith Olberman from his contract. We listened every evening to his broadcast because he was evenhanded, his special comments were exceptional and he wasn't always spewing the lies from the right wing--only exposing the truth behind the news. We will continue to watch Rachael and Lawrence and Ed Schultz as long as they remain. Otherwise MSNBC will not be our news channel of choice. MSNBC is wrong. We need to hear all sides of an issue not just the far right.

Posted by: lady41 | January 22, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Olbermann is going to be replaced by Larry O'Donnell? I think I'd rather have Olbermann back. I've seen O'Donnell on Morning Joe and he was so over the top that he was uncontrollable. One morning, he went on a rant that lasted about 10 minutes and the only way he was stopped is when they went to a commercial break. Subsequently, he was referred to as Crazy Larry and he sat mute with a crazy look in his eyes for the rest of the hour.So now Crazy Larry is moving from the 10:00 pm slot to prime time at 8:00 pm. God help us.

Let me reassure those liberals out there that it'll take another year to clear out the rest of the MSNBC cast of liberal commentators: Chris (shivers up my leg) Matthews, Ed (Book touring) Schultz, now Cenk (Sank) Urghur (sp?). Jury still out on Rachel Maddow; don't forget she was Olbermann's protege. On the other hand, maybe those who remain behind will get the message. Old saying: "Nothing concentrates the mind like a public hanging."

Posted by: Paaa | January 22, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The clip stops before the TV show did. You've cut off Tim Russert's name at the end. What's with that? It went out on the air.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter1 | January 22, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Boy am I going to miss you. 8 pm is going to be different from now on. I'll be looking for you somewhere else ... and soon, I hope!

Posted by: carolyn2927 | January 22, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: mralexva | January 22, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Keith didn't resign so much as got booted off the air. I didn't watch the show and it appears that it wasn't Keith's idea to shut the show down. I guess we can all stay tuned to find out more of the details which with Keith's big mouth will be soon to hear the news again.

I agree that I'm sad to see him go in that news does need to be balanced. He balances Fox well. The closest to impartial is CNN and some days my internal discomfort meter gets triggered on CNN. I want the news reported not the announcer's opinion.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 22, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

His most interesting comment? He never had any.

Posted by: K3vinFitz | January 22, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: ISWEDE | January 22, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah,,,He'll move to FOX so they can show that they are "Fair and Balanced". :-)

Posted by: rusty6 | January 22, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Subject: Sowing for the future

This is my message to all those who squash people and voices that act for the general public good and not for those of self-serving hierarchical interests -- specifically, the ongoing eliminating of anti-hierarchical spokespersons like Phil Donahue, Bill Maher, Dan Rather and now, Keith Olbermann.

All the wisdom recorded in human existence is reduced to nothingness when selfish, greedy, corrupt, and evil people prevail. Throughout history, individuals, various segments of society, ethnic groups, religious groups, political groups, racial groups, nations, and whole civilizations have been decimated by such people. Lately, both Conservatives and Liberals have hurled at each other, comparisons to Nazi Germany which should remind us all how true it is since Nazism is precisely such an evil force. Presently, Conservatives are steadily succeeding in gradually diminishing or eliminating all opposition to their agenda's ultimate goal -- the annihilation of moderation and balance, and the installation of absolute power and control by a Capitalist hierarchy that recognizes only a never-ending pursuit of more and more profit-making at the expense of all else. Such one sightedness inevitably propels civilizations down the path of stagnation and decline. All the past great civilizations have been there and done that. It is a path of the blind -- blinded by self preoccupation -- self justification, and self indulgence. It is behavior by such consummately selfish mentalities as to render them utterly indifferent to the distant future welfare of their descendants. Surely succeeding generations will benefit by present free market protagonists and their accumulations, but reflecting on the facts of history for even a few minutes shows that even the greatest civilizations of their times diminished because of internal weaknesses caused by such over self-indulgences. No American truly believes that, but it will come to pass -- history is irrefutable. One will argue that such mentalities are the ultimate logical ones because, according to them, it is objectively illogical to care for anyone else but themselves, well, coldly logically, yes, but then it is also true that such reasoning is objectively selfish to an absolute degree, and that since they are not alone in the world, they are innately evil in their insensitivity to others. If they regard that sentiment as irrelevant to reason, then justifiably, all others are justified in regarding that cold logic as innately cruel, and thus justifiably susceptible to elimination as they treat their victims. The end result is that human travail and misery will go on ad-infinitum. The onus of guilt clearly settles on the likes of those self-servers, as irrelevant as that might be to them.

David Alvin Thélémaque

Posted by: myrdav | January 22, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Great-- fox noise wins...

I can't live in their selfish, hate filled world.

Posted by: Landshark | January 23, 2011 7:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't think much of the gag order; or the do not compete. Somebody wanted to shut him up is what it looks like to me. Too bad it couldn't have happened to somebody at Fox News but since none of them are speaking truth to power, no, they are speaking up for power, they will be given bigger microphones.

It would be nice to live in a country with a functioning free press and an actual choice in the voting booth.

Posted by: SarahBB | January 23, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It makes me increasingly uncomfortable that intelligent progressive voices, speaking truth with integrity, get silenced, while people like Glenn Beck who is purposely inciting idiots to violence are allowed to continue. This cannot bode well for our country.

Posted by: cookriggs | January 23, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann is simply a Great American, and one of the last honest voices in punditry. While most of America's media was turning denial and distraction into an Olympic event during Mr. Bush's deceit-laced dragging of this country into a devastating and ultimately genocidal premeditated invasion, Olbermann stood alone in giving fair airing to the many exaggerations and assumptions that we were being asked to swallow.

To the extent that he tried to tell us the truth, America owes him a considerable gratitude. Even those on the right who are trained well to hate him, should get down on their knees and thank the gods that there are people like Olbermann willing to speak truth to power even when it is not yet popular.

Thank you Keith. Good night, and good luck.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 23, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

PS - I agree with the other commentators here that every decent American needs to BOYCOTT COMCAST. They are one of the most corrupt (and customer-loathing) right wing corporations in the history of the U.S. I urge to read up on some of the things they routinely do to gain monopolies in small towns across America (hiring relatives of town officials, etc.).

The FCC's approval of the Comcast buyout of NBC is simply a crime. Pretty soon NBC will degrade into another Fox, which has succeeded in creating the most dumbed-down viewership in America:

Posted by: B2O2 | January 23, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I was shocked to learn that Friday was Mr. Olbermann's last episode of Countdown. While I did not agree with all of his comments (some of it was kind of melodramatic), Countdown and the Oddball segments put a smile on my face and made me think (not many shows can do that). There are a whole lot of mean people in this world and Keith Olbermann is not one of them. Sure he got into fights with upper management of NBC but who doesn't get into fights with their superiors (or wish they could tell their bosses off). The Free Health Clinics that Olbermann helped organize and sponsor showed that he walked the walk. Sorry to see him go, very sad indeed.

Posted by: sunnyside1 | January 23, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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