Keith Olbermann Leaving ESPN

By Mark Joyella 

The Keith Olbermann era at ESPN will end, for the second time, when his contract with the network ends at the end of the month.

“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN,” said the network in a statement. “While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”

Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter reported Olbermann and ESPN could be headed for difficult negotiations over a new contract. “ESPN has floated a highly problematic condition for an extension of Olbermann’s initial two-year deal: that he cease engaging in ‘commentary’ on his ESPN2 program.”

Last December, Olbermann talked about his career in detail in our “My First Big Break” series: