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    NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC About

    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.

    "Comcast has had no impact at all on MSNBC [yet]. Phil Griffin has complete authority. He makes deals without having to consult with anyone. He has made proposals over the years on the fly and in high-speed contexts where he is acting alone and with full authority. MSNBC is Phil Griffin's network and no one at NBC thinks they have a better idea than Phil about what to do next."
    NEW DETAILS: “MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract”; Lefty MSNBC About To Make Right Turn? – Deadline.com

    Oh, it turns out that Keith was 100% responsible for this. Looks like the "Comcast right wing" tin foil hattery is just that. Tin foil hatting.
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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    Why couldn't it have been Matthews? Olberman can at least be entertaining with his wordcraft.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Why couldn't it have been Matthews? Olberman can at least be entertaining with his wordcraft.
    Mathews didn't want to leave, he wasn't GREEDY.
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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    The New York Times has more


    On Thursday, NBC’s news division staged an elaborate presentation for advertisers, seeking to sell commercial time in NBC’s news programs over the next year. All the members of MSNBC’s prime-time lineup spoke at the lunch with one exception: Keith Olbermann, the network’s biggest star.

    For the last several weeks, Mr. Olbermann and the network have been in negotiations to end his successful run on MSNBC, according to executives involved in the talks who requested anonymity because the talks were confidential. The deal was completed on Friday, and Mr. Olbermann made the announcement on his final “Countdown” hours later.

    Friday’s separation agreement between MSNBC and Mr. Olbermann includes restrictions on when he can next lead a television show and when he can give interviews about the decision to end his association with the news channel.

    The executives involved in the discussions confirmed that the deal carries limitations for Mr. Olbermann in terms of when he can next work on television, though he will be able to take a job in radio or on any forum on the Internet. The deal also prohibits the host from commenting publicly on the deal, the executives confirmed.

    Mr. Olbermann did not respond to requests for comment Friday or Saturday. None of the executives who discussed the deal would reveal the exact length of the restrictions.

    The decision was completed a year to the day from the last time NBC decided to end a relationship with an on-air star: Conan O’Brien. Mr. O’Brien’s settlement had similar restrictions.

    Many of Mr. Olbermann’s fans responded to the decision by accusing Comcast, the incoming owner of NBC Universal, of forcing him out for political reasons. Several of Comcast’s top executives have been financial supporters of Republicans; Mr. Olbermann is largely credited with establishing MSNBC’s liberal voice.

    Comcast issued an official statement Friday denying any involvement in the decision, saying it had no operational control of the company yet, and adding: “We pledged from the day the deal was announced that we would not interfere with NBC Universal’s news operations. We have not and we will not.”

    But the company is still drawing criticism for the move. Marvin Ammori, a law professor at the University of Nebraska, said in an e-mail Friday, “Keith Olbermann’s announcement tonight, the very same week that the government blessed the Comcast-NBC merger, raises serious concern for anyone who cares about free speech. Comcast proved expert in shaking down the government to approve its merger. Comcast’s shakedown of NBC has just begun.” Professor Ammori is a former adviser to the nonprofit group Free Press, which opposed the Comcast-NBC deal.

    Months before Comcast was expected to gain control of NBC Universal, Comcast officials were worried about the perception that they might interfere with MSNBC for political reasons.

    One executive, who asked not to be identified because Comcast had instructed employees not speak about the situation, said the company dreaded the prospect of being blamed if Mr. Olbermann were to quit soon after the takeover.

    Mr. Olbermann had butted heads with his superiors long before the Comcast deal, including Phil Griffin, the top MSNBC executive. According to several senior network executives, NBC’s management had been close to firing Mr. Olbermann before, most recently in November after he revealed that he had made donations to several Democratic candidates in 2010 — one of them, coincidentally, was Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who has been the subject of many of his recent shows after being shot in an assassination attempt.

    Mr. Griffin said the donations had violated NBC News standards. Mr. Olbermann was suspended.
    Riddle me this Batman: lets say you have two years left on your contract and you are the star of the company with the highest rate of measured productivity. Does it seem plausible that you can walk into corporate and ask to be simply paid the last two years on your $15 million dollar contract without working another day for them and they will agree to that?

    We have only scratched the surface on this.
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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    Face it, your boy Olbermann, is 100% responsible for this. His ego, greed and arrogance caused this moment. Not comcast, not "corperate" anything.

    It's all Keith, all the time.
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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Face it, your boy Olbermann, is 100% responsible for this. His ego, greed and arrogance caused this moment. Not comcast, not "corperate" anything.

    It's all Keith, all the time.
    So you are confident that we have all the facts in on this when neither side is talking and all we can see are shadows on the cave wall across the river?

    Your extra-sensory powers are indeed impressive.
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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    So you are confident that we have all the facts in on this when neither side is talking and all we can see are shadows on the cave wall across the river?

    Your extra-sensory powers are indeed impressive.
    I'll take this over your "comcast shut up keith" any day of the week.
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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I'll take this over your "comcast shut up keith" any day of the week.
    you are free to take it any way you want to take it.
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    Re: NEW DETAILS: "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC Ab

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Face it, your boy Olbermann, is 100% responsible for this. His ego, greed and arrogance caused this moment. Not comcast, not "corperate" anything.

    It's all Keith, all the time.
    How, exactly? What did he do?
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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