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Olbermann to Depart ESPN

Two years after returning to ESPN, network host Keith Olbermann is leaving again.

Olbermann, who hosted the talk show Olbermann on ESPN2, will leave when his contract expires in July, according to reports.

ESPN in a statement said: “Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN. 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.”

The often controversial Olbermann first joined ESPN in 1992 but left in 1997 to do more political commentary on networks such as MSNBC. Olbermann returned to ESPN in 2013.

Olbermann is the second high-profile personality to leave the network this year. This past May the network parted ways with Grantland editor Bill Simmons.

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.