(Post updated at 4:54 PM ET)
Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure from MSNBC shook the media world Friday and left plenty of questions behind about whether the MSNBC star jumped or was pushed. Olberman, often bombastic and dripping with outrage, left the studio by offering thanks but no real explanation.
MSNBC issued a brief statement during Olbermann's sign-off, noting only that the two sides "ended their contract" and that the network wished him "well in his future endeavors." And with that, after eight years, MSNBC's top-rated and most outspoken host -- the anchor behind which the cable news network repositioned itself as a liberal alternative to Fox News in the evening -- headed for the exit at 30 Rock.
While Olbermann and MSNBC aren't talking about what specifically led to the departure, the host's move doesn't come as a big surprise given their recent history.Read More »from Why did Keith Olbermann leave MSNBC?