The sudden shutdown of Mr. Olbermann's show and Mr. Olbermann's departure from television have sent waves of regret and a sense of loss through the liberal and progressive community. Whether Mr. Olberman received the boot or whether he left in a huff, may have a measurable the effect on MSNBC.
Quote Mr. Olbermann from his final show -- "The contract between Keith Olbermann and MSNBC has ended. The show Countdown with Keith Olbermann ended tonight. The show (was) never the show itself . . Your support and loyalty if I may use the word insistence required that I keep going. My gratitude to you is boundless and you think I have done good here ,.. Let me thank my gifted staff and a few of the many people who fought with me and for me. Eric Sorenson, Neal Shapiro, Michael Weiss. David Bloom, John Palmer, Alana Russo. Rachel Maddow and Bob Costas and my greatest protector, the late Tim Russert."