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Keith Olbermann Taken Off Air After Tweet Calling Penn State Students 'Pitiful'

02/24/2015 02:10 pm ET | Updated Feb 25, 2015

ESPN announced Tuesday that it will keep host Keith Olbermann off the air for the rest of the week following tweets that the network called "completely inappropriate."

Olbermann got himself into a social media battle Monday night when he called Penn State students "pitiful" in response to an article about the campus raising more than $13 million to fight pediatric cancer during its annual THON fundraiser.

See the exchange below:

Olbermann continued to feud with angry students offended by his comment:

The host eventually apologized, but the damage was already done. ESPN distanced itself from the host and his opinions in a statement Tuesday, pulling Olbermann off the air until next week.

Read ESPN's entire statement below:

"We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded."

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