Olbermann's Final 'Countdown'

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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER You're watching multisource political video news analysis...
Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER You're watching multisource political video news analysis from Newsy. OLBERMANN: “Again, all of my greatest thanks. Widen the shot out just a little bit so we can do one of these last time. Thank you, Brian. Goodnight, and good luck.” THROWS PAPERS AT CAMERA. (MSNBC) Popular and controversial talk show host Keith Olbermann has permanently left the building...and no one really knows why. Everyone has their theories, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper reports the split was mutual. COOPER: “He still had at least two years left on a four-year contract worth an estimated 30-million dollars. Sources telling us the parting came from fallout from Comcast purchase of NBC Universal.” ...but HBO’s Bill Maher doesn’t think it’s quite so black and white. He interviewed Olbermann’s MSNBC coworker, Rachel Maddow, who seemed rather confused at the breaking news. MADDOW: “Yeah, it’s been a big day at MSNBC...at least it’s been a big fifteen minutes.” MAHER: “Why? What happened?” MADDOW: “Keith announced at the end of the show tonight that he and the company made a mutual decision that Countdown is done...” MAHER: “Well that's always bullshit.” However, The Stir isn’t shocked at the news - and doesn’t think you should be, either. “You have to have been living in a cave to think this would have ended any differently than it did ...Why the big surprise?...All I want to know ... as I watched Anderson last night ... was when is he going to announce he's headed to CNN?” ...but other news sources are scrambling to point the finger at MSNBC for firing the host --saying it was not mutual. (Video: MSNBC) The Hollywood Gossip was one of them. “Sources said network brass basically paid the pundit to scram by working out an agreement in which he would get lost and continue to be paid. He will have to stay off the air at least until fall as a result.” MSNBC says “Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell will fill in Olbermann’s slot on Monday. But what do you think? Was Olbermann canned or was it a mutual breakup? Get more multisource political video news analysis from Newsy.