Keith Olbermann will be leaving ESPN. According to a tweet by Jim Miller, co-author, with Tom Shales, of the bestseller “ESPN: These Guys Have All the Fun,” “The second @KeithOlbermann era at @espn has come to a close. There will be no new contract. Current deal which was two years ends 7/31.”
Later, ESPN released this statement: “Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN. While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”
Notes the USA Today blog For the Win, “ESPN appears to be moving away from high-priced talent who can be inflammatory, as this decision follows the much-talked-about move by the network to not renew the contract of former Grantland editor Bill Simmons.”
Previously, Olbermann was with ESPN from 1992-1997.