Keith Olbermann tells David Letterman: ‘I screwed up’


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Keith Olbermann is remorseful - sort of.

The freshly fired host from Current TV told his side of the story on Tuesday’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman,’ although it wasn’t always clear how firmly his tongue was planted in cheek. He implied that he came to the network with the best intentions but was undone by its lack of resources.

‘I screwed up really big on this,’ Olbermann said. ‘I thought we could do this. It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed in the sense that I didn’t think the whole thing through. I didn’t say, ‘You know, if you buy a $10-million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in. Just walking around with a $10-million chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good, and it’s not going to do any good to the chandelier.’ And then it turned out we didn’t have a lot to put the house on to put the chandelier in, or a building permit, and I should have known that.’


After a brief pause, Letterman asked: ‘You’re the chandelier?’

As the crowd laughed, Olbermann replied, ‘I’m the chandelier.’

Current TV, the network co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and legal entrepreneur Joel Hyatt, sacked Olbermann last week after months of friction over his time spent on-camera, set issues and other problems. Olbermann has vowed to sue over his firing, although papers have not yet been filed.

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