Keith Olbermann, news host and decided liberal partisan, will be leaving MSNBC, according to a breaking report by The New York Times.
The Times website made the announcement Friday evening, posting a “breaking news” link at the top of the homepage saying that the network had terminated Olbermann’s contract. The website did not offer further details.
The MSNBC website has posted Olbermann’s final sign-off with the network.
In October 2010, Olbermann was suspended for donating to Democratic congressional candidates, which may have factored into his departure from MSNBC. Wikipedia on the suspension earlier this year:
On October 28, 2010, days before the 2010 U.S. elections, Olbermann donated $2,400 each to three Democratic candidates for Congress: Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and ArizonaDemocratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords.Grijalva had appeared on Olbermann’s show immediately before Olbermann mailed the donations. In response, on November 5, MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended him indefinitely without pay for violating a network policy which required employees to obtain approval from management before making political contributions. An online petition calling for his reinstatement received over 250,000 signatures; two days after the suspension began, Griffin announced that Olbermann would return to the air on November 9.