MSNBC Chief On Network After Keith Olbermann: “Nothing Changes”

Does the departure of Keith Olbermann mean the soon-to-be-under-new-management MSNBC will tone down the partisanship or even move away entirely from the perceived leftward lean of Olbermann’s Countdown? MSNBC boss Phil Griffin says simply, “nothing changes.”

In an interview with Tim Molloy of The Wrap, Griffin declined to get too specific about the details of Olbermann’s sudden evacuation from 30 Rock, but was firm that the network’s mission remains unchanged: catching Fox News, and using the deep bench–like Rachel Maddow, whom Olbermann brought onboard–to get it done:

“Change has happened, and we have a great bench, we’re deep, and we know who we are,” Griffin said. “Nothing changes. Our vision’s the same, our goals are the same. Fox is in front of us, that’s where we’re heading.”

For his part, Olbermann this afternoon has issued a tease-by-tweet, telling his Twitter followers to expect his “first tweet” post MSNBC exit at 8 p.m.–just as MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell begins his first show in Olbermann’s old timeslot.

Gotta love the theatrics of it all.

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