Everyone’s favorite outspoken pundit is out of a job, again. ESPN is dropping Keith Olbermann, host of “Olbermann," the network announced on Wednesday.
“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN,” the network said in a statement released on its site. “While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”
“Olbermann,” which aired on ESPN 2, premiered in 2013. His show is expected to continue running until his contract expires on July 31.
In early July, The Hollywood Reporter reported that ESPN asked Olbermann to cease providing commentary while they were renegotiating his contract. According to the report, this request came in response to the former MSNBC pundit’s criticism of how the NFL handled domestic abuse cases. In response to the story, ESPN tweeted:
ESPN’s response to a report today: pic.twitter.com/4JPZzuT6kL
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 1, 2015
This is the second time Olbermann has parted ways with ESPN. In the 1990s, he was the co-anchor of ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” From there he went on to Fox Sports and then to MSNBC, where he hosted the political commentary show “Countdown With Keith Olbermann.” In 2011, he joined the Al Gore co-owned Current TV, but was fired a year later.
— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) July 8, 2015