NEW DETAILS: “MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract”; Lefty MSNBC About To Make Right Turn?


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“This was all Keith’s choice. He has several times over the years said that he wants out of his contract. He never meant it until this year. He started lawyers negotiating twice this year. He stopped them in the spring. Then, about a month ago with the guidance of his new ICM team and a new LA manager (who were making zero $ on his current deal), he once again said he wanted to leave and this time they negotiated the full package.

“Because of all the false threats in the past, it was impossible for the network to know if he was really going to sign the final document yesterday. That’s why promos for his show were still running after he quit on the air. The network couldn’t really believe it or act on it until he said it on TV. They couldn’t tell the promo people to pull Keith’s show out of the cycle until they were sure. His staff learned he was quitting when they heard him say it on TV.

(*EDITOR – Mr. O is one of the few “liberal” Talk Hosts on TV, in the States, all too populated by morons like the excerable O’Reilly and the fat guy whose name I shall not even write here. Nice to have Keith give the other side. He will turn up on the Net and then, our bet is CNN will be all over him. He may have a prickly relationship with dumbell Network Execs – but I admire him as a broadcaster, and as a writer. For me – Keith was MSNBC. Now you can bet they will hire some right wing nut job who will start blaming the Depression on everyone except the real culprits. I’ll let you, dear reader, fill in the blanks.

Unlike many gig enders, at least Keith got to say goodbye. Usually you get the chop and no goodbye.I can say that with alacrity, after 40 years of front line media under my belt.)

via NEW DETAILS: “MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract”; Lefty MSNBC About To Make Right Turn? – Deadline.com.

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