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Keith Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

Keith Olbermann attends the 2006 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour. Friday night, Olbermann announced it was his final night at MSNBC.
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Keith Olbermann attends the 2006 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour. Friday night, Olbermann announced it was his final night at MSNBC.

Very little is known about this story yet, but Keith Olbermann abruptly announced tonight that it was his last edition of Countdown. MSNBC's statement, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, is very limited and says only that Olbermann and the network have "ended their contract" as of tonight's episode, and that "MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors."

Olbermann's farewell is below. It includes an anecdote about his sign-off at ESPN, as well as a list of people he thanks for their support, including the late Tim Russert, whom Olbermann calls his "greatest protector and most indefatigable cheerleader."

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Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. She began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture, and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living room space to DVD sets of The Wire, and never looked back.