His countdown reset to tick through 2012


Just because Barack Obama has been elected president and George W. Bush is retiring to Texas in two months, don't think that Keith Olbermann is getting out of the "Special Comment" business.

Olbermann, who signed a four-year deal with MSNBC that will keep him at "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" and NBC's "Sunday Night Football" until at least 2012, said Monday that he isn't ruling out doing the commentary that helped vault his 5-year-old show to its best-ever ratings last month.

It might not be the same type — directed at President Bush and others — but there's plenty to comment on.

"There could be just as many of them this year and next year, but they might be just directed at topics. They may be more commentary and less 'free this land' kind of stuff, but you never know," he said.

The contract extension — which gives him about $7.5 million a year for the next four years, up from $4 million a year — means MSNBC thinks there's plenty to talk about. Monday night's special comment was to be directed against Californians who voted against Proposition 8. There's also favorite Olbermann target Bill O'Reilly.

"Bill just signed for four more years, thus guaranteeing me at least that much material," Olbermann said. (partialdiff)