The Fox News response: ‘Did he get tired of not beating the Yankees and the Red Sox, i.e. Bill O’Reilly?’

Now that Keith Olbermann has announced his departure from MSNBC, there’s a lot of guesswork going into determining what exactly was behind his departure.

The 800-lb gorilla – the rating champion Fox News early speculation happened on Saturday morning’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends.” Co-host Dave Briggs wondered if Olbermann finally said enough because he was tired of finishing behind Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on a regular basis.

“It’s just like a famous break-up, you want to know who dumped who,” “Did he dump the network? Did the network dump him? Did he get tired of not beating the Yankees and the Red Sox, i.e. Bill O’Reilly? Did he just have enough of that? Was that the last straw?”

And co-host Alisyn Camerota considered the possibility that it had a lot to do with friction between Olbermann and management at NBC Universal, as many others have suggested including Bill Carter at The New York Times.

“But furthermore – yeah, you want to know what the last straw was,” Camerota said. “Was there an event, because if you remember, he has had some duffs with management over the years. In fact, I think most recently in November, remember he was suspended for two days after it was revealed he contributed to some Democrats campaigns. So, what was it that was the final straw?”


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