ESPN, Keith Olbermann Part Ways

Olbermann Leaves ESPN

Almost two years after returning to the sports hub he called home in the 1990s, Keith Olbermann has again parted ways with ESPN.

The news comes two months after ESPN bailed on contract talks with vet Bill Simmons and one week after reports surfaced claiming that the cabler was seeking to stifle Olbermann’s penchant for delivering pointed, critical on-air commentaries. In response, ESPN issued this rebuttal on Twitter:

In a new statement confirming Olbermann’s exit, the network says, “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.”

Prior to August 2013 ESPN encore, Olbermann had programs on MSNBC and then Current TV.

His eponymous ESPN2 program will continue through the end of July.

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  1. maggie says:

    I hope Keith goes back to MSNBC.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    Sad to see Keith Olbermann leaving ESPN (again).

  3. Tom says:

    He’s a fraking hothead

  4. Gern Blanston says:

    His mistake was the same mistake Simmon’s made. They both went after the leagues that are partnered up with ESPN. As soon as they let Simmons go I knew Olbermann was next. They were the only ones at ESPN that were attempting to hold the leagues (NFL, NBA, etc.)responsible for how they operate.

  5. Josh Emerson says:

    MSNBC needs to bring him back! The ratings are terrible anyway, what do they have to lose? It would make the upcoming election season more fun…

    • smartysenior says:

      He burned his bridges on a personal level with the boss, there’s no one at MSNBC who would return his calls at this point. He doesn’t seem to learn that ranting at higher ups doesn’t work well.

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  7. dman6015 says:

    No one of any consequence will hire him now.

  8. JB says:

    When he took the job I commented here: “I wonder how long it will last”?”

    The answer: Two years. I’m surprised he stayed that long.

    Perhaps he ought to go to HBO’s Real Sports…he’d fit in

  9. Richard says:

    MSNBC … get out the check book and get him back on air. Just in time for next years elections!

  10. HAP says:

    For those of you with short memories, Keith consistently had the highest ratings of any MSNBC show. Depending upon the political season, he usually got between 1 mil and 1 1/2 mil viewers. Forbes once referred to him as the ratings stalwart of MSNBC. Phil Griffin needs to bitr the bullet and bring him back.