Olbermann's Exit Deal Means He's Barred from TV for Months

The details of Keith Olbermann's exit deal from MSNBC have been released. He will be barred from television for a period of six to nine months--but this period of time means will be able to return in time for the 2012 election, according to the New York Times

Mr. Olbermann’s future is up in the air, mainly because he agreed to a deal that would keep him off television for six to nine months, according to several executives involved in his exit. He is also apparently forbidden to discuss his departure.

One NBC executive involved in the decision to settle Mr. Olbermann’s contract said that he was allowed to work in radio or on the Internet and would presumably be free to return to television in time for the 2012 election cycle.

TheTimes' story this morning is also full of gossipy information detailing the years of tension and acrimony between Olbermann and the brass at MSNBC, including the fact that Olbermann hired new talent agents this year to help him negotiate this "separation. " But the story also details also Olbermann's status as the man who defined the brand--"the tent pole that the network built itself around"--and also groomed its current stars like Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell. 

Meanwhile, as the speculation swirls, Olbermann's twitter profile reads:  "You might very well think so; I could not possibly comment" and mentions that his baseball blog will return on February the 14th.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 24, 2011, 3:26am

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