A statement from NBC Universal revealed the move late Friday.
“MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract,” it read. “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.”
At the end of his show Friday night, Olbermann announced his departure in typical deadpan style, evoking scenes from the film “Network” and thanking viewers for keeping him on the air for eight years.