The liberal host of MSNBC’s “Countdown” has completed his last broadcast for the cable news network he called home for the last eight years.

“Good night, and good luck,” Keith Olbermann said as he threw papers behind him for the last time at the end of his show.

The phrase is one he borrowed from the late veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow.

MSNBC released a short statement, saying that the two parties had not apparently reached agreement on Olbermann’s contact.

“MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract,” the statement said.

It continued, “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.”

No further explanation was given.

An NBC spokesperson told The Washington Post Friday night that the NBC Universal-Comcast merger this week played no role in Olbermann’s departure.

A second statement from MSNBC concerning line-up changes gave no mention of Olbermann either.

On Monday, Lawrence O’Donnell in on at 8 p.m., Rachel Maddow remains at 9 p.m. followed by Ed Schultz at 10 p.m.

(Source: MSNBC and

Keith Olbermann Quits MSNBC

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  • Gini Trotti

    OK the new like up will do until Keith comes back. My idea for the best coverage possible would be:
    7 pm Ed Schultz; 8 pm Keith Olbermann; 9 pm Rachel Maddow and 10 pm Lawrence O’Donnell. Now you have a lot of us watching for the whole evening.

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