rachel maddow keith olbermann Keith Olbermann exit: Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher react

Just about 15 minutes after Keith Olbermann announced, on air, that he’s parting ways with MSNBC, his (now former) colleague Rachel Maddow sat down for the panel on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

They didn’t linger on the topic for long, but Maddow does offer some explanation for the departure as for how she sees it.

“It’s been a big day at MSNBC,” says Maddow. “I know very little — all I know that it was between Keith and the company. It didn’t involve any of the rest of us, and he was really gracious and nice when he left.”

Maher laughs off the idea of an amicable departure, referencing “Countdown’s” recent retooling.

Maddow also says that her contract will safely prevent her from having to expand her own show to two hours.

Watch the full clip below, with some predictably NSFW language from Mr. Maher:

Posted by:Mikey O'Connell