So there won't be an O'Donnell-Olbermann power hour after all.
The main sticking point, according to a person familiar with the discussions, was compensation. O'Donnell apparently requested a salary more suitable for a broadcast network than a cable news operation.
MSNBC was considering adding O'Donnell to its weekday prime-time lineup at 6 p.m. PT following "Countdown With Keith Olbermann." Such a move would have required bumping Dan Abrams, the network's former general manager, who just returned to the air full time with a new show in that time slot.
She confirmed the death of the deal on her blog this evening. In a post titled "the show that never was," she wrote:"msnbcone hourlivefollowing keith olbermann we were close to a dealalmost donei let it slip in miamicausing panic on the studio end wellwhat can u do 2day there is no dealpoofmy career as a pundit is overb4 it beganjust as welli figureeverything happens for a reasonbashert -- as we say and on we go "