Sources close to Showbiz 411 claim that Donald Trump had been pushing Phil Griffin, the President of MSNBC, to fire Mr. O’Donnell for quite a while (here, and here). He, however, had been able to protect him. The decision to finally end Mr. O’Donnell’s show rests on Andy Lack, the Chairman of NBC and MSNBC news.
The impetus for this decision? Mr. Lack allegedly wants more access to the Trump administration and feels that Mr. O’Donnell’s continued employment by MSNBC is detrimental to this goal.