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ESPN, Keith Olbermann part ways again

ESPN and broadcaster Keith Olbermann are parting ways once again.
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ESPN and broadcaster Keith Olbermann are parting ways once again, the network announced on Wednesday.

Writer James Andrew Miller first reported that Olbermann would not continue working for ESPN after his two-year contract ends on July 31.

Olbermann is the host of Olbermann, a daily sports talk show that airs at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The show originally aired Aug. 26, 2013, marking Olbermann’s return to ESPN, for whom he was a SportsCenter anchor from 1992 to 1997.

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ESPN said in a statement Olbermann would conclude “sometime this month.”

“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN,” the statement read. “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, 56, also previously worked for MSNBC as the host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, an hour-long weeknight news and political commentary show. From 2007 to 2010, he contributed NBC’s Football Night in America pre-game show.

- Mike Fiammetta