MSNBC’s rising prime-time star Keith Olbermann was still hospitalized Monday after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Friday.
Mr. Olbermann’s appendix apparently ruptured Wednesday, but he wrote it off as a stomach ailment and soldiered on. Though still feeling ill, he nonetheless reported for work Thursday night, when he anchored MSNBC’s analysis of President Bush’s prime-time address on the war in Iraq.
It wasn’t until Friday afternoon that he decided it was time to seek medical attention, according to an MSNBC spokeswoman.
Led by Mr. Olbermann, MSNBC’s speech-related programming edged out by about 3,000 viewers from 9 to 10 p.m. in the prime news demo of adults 25 to 54 to finish second to Fox News Channel. In total viewers, CNN ranked second to Fox News, beating MSNBC by about 345,000 viewers from 9 to 10 p.m.
Mr. Olbermann’s medical emergency benched him from NBC’s “Football Night in America” Sunday, but it’s hoped he may be able to return to “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” some time this week. In the meantime, former MSNBC anchor Alison Stewart is expected to fill in for him.