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Keith Olbermann Leaving ESPN, Again

Jul 8, 2015  •  Post A Comment

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.”

Miller then tweeted, “This was ‘business decision’ from @espn pov; want parting with @KeithOlbermann to be amicable.”

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.

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4 Comments

  1. Goodbye and good riddance Olbermann. Don’t let the proverbial door…(you know what I mean).

  2. We’ve been huge fans of Keith’s since we first discovered him at MSNBC then Current and finally ESPN. Neither of us follow sports, but Keith’s brilliant wit and take on everything, the good, the bad and the “can you believe this” has been the best part of watching TV. Keith is like a character Aaron Sorkin would write. Good luck Keith. We hope to find you on TV again soon.

  3. Keith – Talk to Fox News. Roger Ailes knows good talent, and how to use it. He can make you a good fit there.

  4. He’ll get picked up again. There’s always someone who will give a hate-filled hack like Olbermann a soapbox to rant from.
    Must be a miserable life; he is defined by his outrage and disgust. I do hope the man can find peace in his soul.

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