Here's the announcement. And be forewarned: it's six minutes of Olbermann:
And here's a corroborating story from the NYDaily News. (And why do we need a corroborating story? Because, well, with Olbermann, you never really know....)
MSNBC confirmed Olbermann was leaving in a terse statement issued minutes after he announced his departure on the air during his "Countdown" show.
So, it's over. I guess. The terms of the exit apparently involve Olbermann's agreeing to stay off the air for a number of months. Which means that he's free to appear on CNN immediately.
The truth is, I'm actually sad about it. Not because I liked the guy, or agreed with him on anything. But to give the devil his due -- as it were -- Keith Olbermann is a classic and natural broadcaster. He really knew how to hold the screen, how to electrify the pixels. From a professional perspective, I have to give him major credit. The guy is a television star, and that's not nothing. Television without Olbermann is suddenly a lot less interesting.
And also: part of me always wanted to be named the "Worst Person in the World" by the furious and foaming Napoleon of MSNBC. And now I've missed my chance.
Keith Olbermann, you will be missed. At least until you get another show, on another network. (Roger Ailes, how diabolical are you?)