Keith Olbermann talks Current TV firing with David Letterman

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Keith Olbermann took to his first interview since his firing from Current TV on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Olbermann sat down with Letterman on Tuesday to explain his side of the story through the use of metaphors. He first admits, “I screwed up really big on this.”

He continues, “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.”

A satirical Letterman asks, “You’re the chandelier?” Olbermann admits, “I’m the chandelier.”

Olbermann was relieved from his position on Current TV at the end of March. At the time, Al Gore released a statement saying that the network was “founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers."

Gore continues, "Unfortunately, these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it."

Referencing back to the “chandelier,” Olbermann continues, “In that situation, what you’re thinking is, ‘Oh, Lord, this is probably going to hit the water at some point,’ but what do you do? You have – you could bail out and say I’m getting out of this immediately,’ and trust me, I was thinking about that as early as like last July.”

Prior to ending the interview, Olbermann does state that, “I’m so proud of them because the show editorially was never better, but I let them down because the thing didn’t continue.”

image courtesy of CBS

 
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