However sudden the departure was, however, it was not unexpected. Over much of the past year, Olbermann's future had been a topic of discussion in the cable news industry. He had long been MSNBC's biggest star, but the network had built a stable of pundits around him that came close to matching his success — especially protege Rachel Maddow, whose 10pm show followed Olbermann's. Executives were further encouraged they could survive a post-Olbermann era after both Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell nearly held his audience numbers while guest hosting Countdown.Of course we know that Keith has never behaved impulsively before. He'll feel bad about this later. Still props to him for speaking out against the Bush administration when few others had the guts to do so.
So it's starting to look like Comcast fired him. Cabletown is messed up.