Post Keith Olbermann’s firing from Countdown and Current TV, a slew of insults from both Olbermann and Current TV’s end have spotlighted the fact a large and likely court battle is likely to ensue, with Olbermann hoping for compensation for unlawful termination. To speak out about the event, Olbermann headed over to The Late Show with David Letterman, where he got out a few thoughts about his former relationship with the AL Gore-led Current TV.
The interview starts out with a cutesy joke from Letterman, but quickly the conversation turns to Olbermann’s actual thoughts on the firing. Interestingly, the man who has hopped networks like a frog with multiple lily pad options is not scared to step up and admit a teeny tiny part of the onus may be on him.
“I screwed up. I screwed up really big on this. Let’s just start there. 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.”
Then he gets to the more pertinent point of this thought, calling himself a $10,000,000 chandelier and saying the “house” – in this case Current TV – just was not quite good enough to hold him. There’s the Olbermann we know and do not love.
“You know, if you buy a $10,000,000 chandelier, you should have a house to put it in. Just walking around with a $10,000,000 chandelier isn’t gonna do anybody a lot of good and it’s not gonna do any good to the chandelier.”
I get that the Current TV situation wasn't exactly ideal; however, at some point, a person needs to learn to play nice and just make the best of a situation. If Olbermann could do that, maybe he would be able to stick around at jobs for longer and give his fans the content and personality they want. I for one, am not certain we will ever be able to see that from the newscaster.