The liberal host of of MSNBC's Countdown has quit after tonight's broadcast.
“Good night, and good luck,” Keith Olbermann said for the last time on the cable news network.
The phrase is one he borrowed from the late veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow.
MSNBC released a short statement, saying that the two parties had not apparently reached agreement on Olbermann's contact.
"MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract," the statement said.
It continued, "The last broadcast of 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors."
The fact this happened mere days after the FCC approved the Comcast/NBC Universal merger? One hell of a coincidence there, folks. One that stinks to high heaven.
Holy crap. I don't even know what to say. It's a Last Call, indeed. Talk about a Friday Night News Dump.
Good night and good luck to you too, Keith.
[UPDATE] CNN confirms this, here's the clip from Keith himself.
Just...wow. As IronBrow flags in the comments, Keith says right off the bat in this clip that he was "told this would be his last show". Doesn't seem like he quit to me.
[UPDATE 2] DougJ points out it's the same day former NBC Universal owner GE's CEO becomes President Obama's new economy pointman.
Moving at the speed of business.
[UPDATE 3] The NY Times:
NBC executives said the move had nothing to do with the impending takeover of NBC Universal by Comcast.
Sure it didn't. Guy had two years left on his contract too.