After eight years with the cable news network, and only two years into his most recent four-year contract, Keith Olbermann abruptly said goodbye and signed off Countdown for the final time this evening.  It is unclear if the decision was that of Olbermann or MSNBC.

“MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” the network said in a statement.

A spokesman said Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, would not comment on Olbermann’s exit. Spokesman Jeremy Gaines would say only that the acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast, which received regulatory approval this week, had nothing to do with the decision.

The Raw Story has more details including the news that our friend Cenk Uygur, of The Young Turks, will see some additional airtime on the network in the near future.

olbermann career timeline Keith Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's most successful and controversial personality for his outspoken prime-time program, gave an abrupt goodbye to viewers and said Friday was his last show. Click here to view an interactive timeline of Olbermann's career path to date. Did you know his first book was published when he was just 14 years old?



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