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Bill O'Reilly Addresses Keith Olbermann's Departure, But Doesn't Mention Him by Name (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 25th 2011 2:20PM
Not long after going to work for MSNBC a second time in 2003, Keith Olbermann began calling Bill O'Reilly out on the air, which led to an often-vicious eight-year feud between the two cable news hosts.

On 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) Bill O'Reilly addressed Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure from MSNBC during a discussion with Bernie Goldberg.

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Craig Ferguson Addresses Keith Olbermann's Departure from MSNBC on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 25th 2011 3:03AM
'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Keith Olbermann has become an enigma in a matter of a few days. On Friday, he abruptly announced that it would be his last show for MSNBC. Then, he started Tweeting various cryptic updates, keeping his fans and the press waiting on the edge of their keyboards. His directions, as they were, pointed to a possible surprise appearance on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on CBS), but that didn't happen ... or at least, we didn't see Olbermann.

Craig Ferguson took on Olbermann's departure in his monologue, but he didn't have any insider insight. "First there was Larry King, and then Regis has announced he's going, and now Olbermann," Ferguson said. "Horrible things always happen in threes. It's like the Jonas Brothers."

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NBC Orders 'Glee' Competitor to Pilot, Matthew Weiner Still Without 'Mad Men' Deal and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 24th 2011 11:40AM
NBCCould 'Glee' have a musical competitor?

As we enter the thick of pilot season, networks have been greenlighting pilots to consider for the 2011-2012 season. One of the biggest in the works is NBC's 'Smash.' According to Deadline, it's based on an idea from Steven Spielberg about putting on a Broadway musical, and would feature original songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Among the other pilots picked up this weekend were a comedy called 'Vince Uncensored,' from Conan O'Brien's production company (it went to CBS, according to Entertainment Weekly), a thriller/drama called 'Exit Strategy,' starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua (snagged by Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter, along with two comedies, per Deadline), and David E. Kelley's previously D.O.A. 'Wonder Woman' (which landed at NBC, reports Deadline).

In other TV news ...

Matthew Weiner would love to start writing the fifth season of 'Mad Men,' if AMC would sign a deal already. "I have every intention of making the show when they decide to work out their business with Lionsgate," he said. "I can't wait to come back to work ... I am not looking for a new job." [EW]

Kevin Smith, Kevin Pollak and Adam Carolla will star in AOL's new nightly talk show. The web video series will team up with the actors' existing podcasts for new episodes every Monday through Thursday, with a best-of installment on Fridays. [AOL]

Could Keith Olbermann have a new gig already? 'The Social Network' writer Aaron Sorkin has been developing a comedy set behind the scenes at a cable news show. Now that it's getting closer to a pilot pickup and Olbermann is out of a gig, sources are speculating that he could contribute to the series. [EW]

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Keith Olbermann's MSNBC Exit: Latest in Long Line of Messy Divorces

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 22nd 2011 1:00PM
Keith OlbermannKeith Olbermann, former host of MSNBC's 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' is no stranger to battles with the talking heads.

From his spirited -- but mostly friendly -- bet with Fox News' Sean Hannity to make good on Hannity's promise to be waterboarded to prove it wasn't torture to his pet names for right-wing pundits Ann "Coulter(geist)" and Glenn "Lonesome Rhodes" Beck, Olbermann wasn't afraid to step on toes.

His shots at Fox News' Bill O'Reilly were legendary and led to a series of back and forths that made the battles between the Black Spy and the White Spy from MAD Magazine look like a backyard snowball fight.

However, nothing matches the heated shouting matches and unnecessary vitriolic rhetoric than the debates he's had with his former bosses. And while his latest departure from a TV screen near you may feel like a shock, it's not the first time he's had to suddenly clean out his desk and jump ship.

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Keith Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jan 21st 2011 9:41PM
Keith OlbermannKeith Olbermann has left MSNBC, anchoring his last 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' on the news network Friday evening. Watch video of Olbermann's announcement below.

Following his exit, MSNBC released the following statement:

"MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of Countdown with Keith Olbermann will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors."

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Cable News Pundits Debate the Impact of Overheated Rhetoric in the Wake of Arizona Shooting (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 11th 2011 6:15PM
The tragic shooting in Arizona this weekend has, in recent days, spurred a debate about the impact that overheated political rhetoric is having on our society. That debate has raged for the past 48 hours on cable news, with pundits on each side of the aisle expressing a wide variety of thoughts, viewpoints and emotions on the issue. We've rounded up reactions from Bill Maher, Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart here.

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Keith Olbermann Thinks He Knows Why Michele Bachmann Wants to be Stranded on a Deserted Island With Him (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 1st 2010 5:00PM
In an online interview with The Right Network, GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said she wouldn't mind spending time alone on a deserted Island with Keith Olbermann -- if her other two options were his fellow MSNBC talkers Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow.

On 'Countdown' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Olbermann commented on the conservative firebrand signaling him out for deserted island companionship by first spitting out his water, and then offering up this exclamation as to why Bachmann chose him over his colleagues:

"I think I know what this is all about. Ms. Bachmann said her favorite song was 'Taking Care of Business' by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, her favorite composer was Johann Sebastian Bach, her favorite snack was celery -- Mich-celery -- and her island choice? That's Olbermann with two n's, as in Bachmann with two n's."

If Bachmann and Olbermann do find themselves stuck on deserted island together, we can only hope they refrain from procreation, as the offspring of these two strident camera-muggers would bring a new brand, unsettling brand of insufferableness to the world.

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Joe Scarborough Suspended By MSNBC For Making Political Donations

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 19th 2010 5:10PM
MSNBC is suspending 'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough without pay for two days for making eight unreported campaign contributions of $500 each to Republican candidates running for local office in Florida.

Earlier this month, fellow MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was also suspended two days under similar circumstances, except that his contributions went to Democratic Party candidates. Just like in the case of Olbermann, Politico uncovered the donations using a fairly simple database search.

"This morning Joe Scarborough informed me that he made eight contributions of $500 each to local candidates in Florida between 2004-08," read a statement from MSNBC President Phil Griffin. "In my conversation with Joe two weeks ago (in the wake of Olbermann's suspension) he did not recall these contributions. Since he did not seek or receive prior approval for these contributions, Joe understands that I will be suspending him for violating our policy."

Scarborough has issued as statement of apology: "I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter. I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions."

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Howard Kurtz: Keith Olbermann Made A 'Serious Mistake' In Donating Money (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 11th 2010 4:46PM
Veteran media critic Howard Kurtz thinks Keith Olbermann made a "serious mistake" by donating money to three democratic candidates.

Appearing on "Countdown" (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Kurtz told Olbermann why he feels that way:

"There has to be some sort of line separating journalist -- and I know you consider yourself a journalist -- from partisan players. I would put giving money to politicians on the wrong side of that line."

Later, Kurtz spoke about the special privilege of being a journalist, and how it comes with certain sacrifices:

"I think we as journalists, and even as commentators, give up (the right to donate money) in order to get the kind of platform that you enjoy."

We're of the opinion that Olbermann is so outward with his liberal point-of-view that donating money to a politician would only constitute an ethical breach if he was giving to republican candidates.

Nevertheless, Kurtz's more old school way of looking at things is something to consider, particularly as the line between journalist and commentator gets more and more hazy.

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Keith Olbermann Should Lighten Up... But So Should Pat Sajak

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 11th 2010 3:40PM
Keith Olbermann on 'The Pat Sajak Show' in 1989That Pat Sajak is a sneaky guy.

It seems like the 'Wheel of Fortune' host has initiated a bit of a dust-up with Keith Olbermann, mainly by giving a "mea culpa" for introducing Keith Olbermann to a national audience on his short-lived CBS late night talk show in 1989. Olbermann responded in his usual humorless way, writing that he had been on CNN for years before doing Sajak's show, and following that up by writing in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way, "I think if he needs to apologize for anything it needs to be that talk show."

I was about to write a post directed at Olbermann that said, in effect, "Lighten up, Francis," because I had found Sajak's mea culpa on his surprisingly clever and funny Twitter feed. But then my fellow Squadder Bob was kind enough to point me to Sajak's blog on the conservative website Ricochet, where I read the emcee's complete take on the matter. Not quite as lighthearted as that Twitter entry, is it?

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Jon Stewart Responds to Rally Criticism from MSNBC, Bill Maher (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 9th 2010 6:15AM
Jon Stewart Responds to Rally Critics on 'Daily Show'Jon Stewart proved he can take a beating from critics -- including the Left-leaning ones. The 'Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM) host had a tongue-in-cheek response for those who've taken issue with his Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: another rally.

For some background, the program played a collection of negative commentary on the rally, including Keith Olbermann's contention on MSNBC that Stewart drew a "false equivalence between what we do here and what Fox News and the like do there," and Bill Maher's suggestion that Stewart attend church to "reach across the aisle and hold hands and sing with someone on the Right."

Stewart's answer? A new "Rally to Determine Precisely the Percentage of Blame to Be Doled Out to the Left and the Right for Our Problems..." (Yes, it continues.)

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Keith Olbermann Will Return Tuesday, Is 'Furious' at MSNBC

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 8th 2010 12:50PM
Keith OlbermannKeith Olbermann's "indefinite" suspension from MSNBC will end Tuesday, only four days after it began.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who suspended Olbermann Friday for making political contributions to three Democratic party candidates, without first disclosing the donations to MSNBC brass, had this to say about the reinstatement:

"After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night."

Media watchers on both sides of the political spectrum have criticized MSNBC's decision to take Olbermann off the air, arguing that since Olbermann is a political commentator who makes no effort to hide his liberal point of view, it shouldn't be an issue if he gives money to democratic candidates.

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Bill Maher Criticizes the Rally to Restore Sanity: 'You Might as Well Make It About Something' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 8th 2010 10:50AM
Bill Maher was apparently not a fan of the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear. On Real Time With Bill Maher (Friday, 8 PM ET on HBO), Maher criticized the event, which was put on by Comedy Central personalities Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, for its lack of purpose.

"If you are going to have a rally in which hundreds of thousands of people show up, you might as well make it about something," Maher said.

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Keith Olbermann Suspended Indefinitely By MSNBC

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 5th 2010 3:03PM
MSNBC has suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely and without pay for making campaign contribution to three Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections.

According to a report by Politico, Olbermann gave the maximum $2,400 to Democratic House Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, and to Kentucky Senate contender Jack Conway, all of whom had previously appeared on 'Countdown.'

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement. MSNBC anchors are not barred from making contributions to political candidates, but the company's policy states that donations must first be cleared with network management.

This is a fairly stunning development, as Olbermann is probably the most recognizable face at MSNBC, and is featured prominently in the cable station's new "Lean Forward" re-branding campaign.

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Keith Olbermann Unveils New Sign-Off: 'Mr. Boehner, Where Are the Jobs?' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 4th 2010 4:26PM
Keith Olbermann has long used his sign-off from 'Countdown' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) to remind viewers of how many days it's been since a significant event took place. For quite some time, he would list the days since George W. Bush declared mission accomplished in Iraq and, more recently, he had been marking off the days since the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Wednesday, Olbermann updated the sign-off to reflect the midterm election.

"That's November 3rd, one day since the Republicans took control of the House -- 'Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs? I'm Keith Olbermann, goodnight and good luck."

Olbermann had been without an event to use in his sign-off for a while now, and was also in need of a new way to tweak conservatives now that he's put the "Worst Person in the World" segment to sleep. Still, this "ha, look who's responsible for the economy now" joke would have probably been more effective if he had waited to unveil it until January 3, 2011, when Boehner and company actually do take control of the Congress.

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