Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced it had agreed to end his contract and the last installment of his show would air that evening.
The surprise announcement strips MSNBC of its most-watched evening anchor after an increasingly tempestuous relationship, coming less than three months after the network briefly suspended the fiery host.
"MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors," the network said in an emailed statement just before the end of Mr. Olbermann's Friday program. Commentator Keith Olbermann signed off his msnbc cable television show Friday night after nearly eight years... "Msnbc and Keith Olbermann have ended our contract," Phil Griffin, president of msnbc, said Friday... "Msnbc thanks Keith for his integral role in msnbc's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors," Griffin said.
The network reports that the 8pm slot will be filled with reruns of Top Chef -- alternating with airport radar -- until further notice.
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