That was fast. After just four days of the new Countdown, Keith Olbermann has reversed course and conceded defeat to MSNBC and Rachel Maddow fans by declaring that he will no longer run his program into the 9 p.m. hour.
Maddow’s fans had complained about Olbermann’s deliberate decision to run his program past 9 p.m. and into the opening minutes of her program, but Olbermann was unapologetic, noting that Maddow appeared on the last few minutes of Lawrence O’Donnell’s program on Monday as a pre-emptive strike against Olbermann.
But Olbermann apparently had enough of the complaints and told his followers via Twitter that the program would no longer step on Maddow’s opening minutes:
At @current we’ll soon have a 9 PM companion commentary show to mine. But in the interim there is no reason for me to be overlapping with my friend Rachel, nor to ignore the wishes of those who’ve been so loyal to both of us for so long. We’ve heard you: as of tomorrow night Countdown finishes at 9. Bonus stuff will instead go to Countdown Online. Thanks for upsiding my head on this :)”
Olbermann never really wanted to inflict any damage on Maddow personally, but was hoping to steal a little extra ratings juice for Current by going overtime as well as to stick it to MSNBC by attempting to drive Maddow’s ratings down a bit.
Well, as with most things since his launch this week, he failed to do either and has retreated with his tail between his legs.
It’s not easy being a liberal outcast.