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Olbermann Suspends Twitter Account Over Julian Assange Rape Allegation “Frenzy”

Keith Olbermann‘s 166,677 Twitter followers will have to get through the holidays without the MSNBC host’s show teases and sports trivia popping up in their Twitter feeds. The Countdown host today announced he would “suspend this account until this frenzy is stopped.” He’s even removed his profile picture and left the Twitter playground.

That frenzy involves an escalating Twitter campaign designed to get Olbermann to apologize for comments made during a Countdown segment involving the rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher wrote about the interview and the ensuing Twitter fight that left Olbermann clearly feeling under siege.

Around noon today, Olbermann tweeted “I have already apologized. This has now descended into a frenzy in which I will not participate.” He then continued to participate, engaging a number of Twitterers, and at one point describing the exchange as “now beyond ridiculous.”

By 2 p.m., Olbermann had apparently had enough:

That tweet was followed with Olbermann’s farewell tweet:

So a cold winter without Olbermann tweets begins. Unless, of course, this “suspension” lasts as long as the “indefinite suspension” of the “Worst Persons” segment on Countdown, which the host said on November 1 was all but a goner:

I am unilaterally suspending that segment with an eye towards discontinuing it. We don’t know how that works long term. We might bring it back.

It was back–in essentially unchanged form, on November 17. So watch Twitter in about two weeks.

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