The Firing of Keith Olbermann-This is what we call poetic justice.

Does anybody remember these remarks from not too long ago?

‘Those of you who’ve posted about Comcast meaning the end of my show or Rachel’s can, I think, relieve yourselves of such concerns….Whatever else you think of these guys, they are not in the habit of saying “a billion in profit over the next five years? Who needs it! Cancel the shows that generate it! (Oh, and let’s keep paying both of their salaries, too).”

Yes those are the words of Keith Olbermann…. who was fired yesterday from the airwaves at MS NBC. Of course those of us who have been anxiously waiting for Comcast to take over this comes as no surprise. Shortly after Olbermann’s canning was announced Mediaite issued the following story giving us their take on the dismissal:

MSNBC executives have long planned for the day the network’s star might be sent packing, and the rise of Rachel Maddow at MSNBC–along with the grooming of Lawrence O’Donnell as a potential replacement for Olbermann–appears to have hastened the host’s departure

While Olbermann and his iconic Countdown have been immensely important in the resurgence of MSNBC, Olbermann’s friction with management has been a sticking point. At many points–including the recent suspension over political contributions–tensions rose so high as to lead to serious discussions inside MSNBC about firing their star.

With Maddow enjoying both immense popularity inside MSNBC and very strong ratings for her Rachel Maddow Show, Olbermann’s invincibility as the heart and soul of MSNBC’s brand became softer. In recent weeks, sources tell Mediaite there have been meetings on the topic of Keith Olbermann and his future at the network. Did Comcast–as many Countdown viewers seem to suspect–order Olbermann out? It appears that the end of the Olbermann era at MSNBC was not “ordered” by Comcast, nor was it a move to tone down the network’s politics. Instead, sources inside the network say it came down to the more mundane world of office politics–Olbermann was a difficult employee, who clashed with bosses, colleagues and underlings alike, and with the Comcast-related departure of Jeff Zucker, and the rise of Maddow and O’Donnell, the landscape shifted, making an Olbermann exit suddenly seem well-timed.

For those of you who would like to see his parting words CNN has them for you here

it was only weeks ago that Keith Olbermann was calling for Sarah Palin’s dismissal from politics.

Now Olbermann has been dismissed from the airwaves.

This is what is called poetic justice.


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