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Monday
Nov082010

'Countdown' Host Keith Olbermann to Be Back On-Air Tuesday

Photo Courtesy - MSNBC(NEW YORK) -- Keith Olbermann can go back on the air Tuesday after what his MSNBC boss decided was an "appropriate punishment" for making contributions to a trio of Democrats.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin made the announcement late Sunday that Olbermann would be allowed to return to Countdown, the cable channel's most popular program.

"After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy," Griffin said in a brief statement.  "We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night."

Olbermann, who was suspended Friday after it was revealed that he contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates, took to the Internet earlier Sunday to update and thank supporters.  Olbermann posted the following message Sunday afternoon:

"Greetings From Exile!  A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XO."

Politico reported Friday that Olbermann contributed to the candidates in the run-up to Tuesday's midterm elections, making a donation to Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva on the same day he appeared on the cable news show.

In a statement announcing the suspension, MSNBC said its ethics policy bans journalists from making political contributions.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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