“At exactly 8 Eastern tonight I will issue my first tweet. Well, other than THIS one :)” is the tweet by which Keith Olbermann reentered the public spotlight that he spent much of the last 7 years in. He had been silent since Friday when he announced that he would be leaving MSNBC effective immediately during his final episode of Countdown.
At 8:10 pm, Keith made the announcement we had all been waiting for. “My humble thanks to all Friends of Keith for the many kind words. The reports of the death of my career are greatly exaggerated #FOK” The hashmark stands for ‘Friends of Keith,’ presumably a new name for his fan base.
It may have seemed inevitable to the unaffected viewer that Keith Olbermann would return to commentating. He has a loyal, nightly audience of a million strong and anchors the highest rated cable news program not on Fox. It’s unclear where Olbermann plans to go from here, but MSNBC seems to be out of the question, as they’ve already announced a post-Olbermann-and-GE schedule with O’Donnell taking over at 8. What is clear, especially to struggling outlets like CNN and HLN, is that Keith Olbermann is available and that the ‘Friends of Keith’ are anxious to follow their favorite anchor wherever he may go.