Keith Olbermann sent out a tweet this evening sending his “humble thanks to all Friends of Keith for the many kind words.
“The reports of the death of my career are greatly exaggerated,” he wrote.
As can probably be expected these days, there’s a campaign afoot to draft Olbermann into the race to succeed Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who is not running for reelection.
MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell also paid tribute to Olbermann on their shows.
Meanwhile, Rick Sanchez, fired from CNN last year, told the site RumorFix.com that he would consider taking Olbermann’s job if offered, but he wouldn’t say whether he had been approached by MSNBC.
“Keith is a great broadcaster,” Sanchez said. “He gets it. There’s a nuance to his message that likely will be missed.”
He added, “Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward.”
Less reverential were Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly on Fox. Beck called Olbermann “the biggest pain in the ass in the world” and O’Reilly, without mentioning him by name, said, “Some of the hate has been neutralized.”