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Olbermann Likens Himself To $10M Chandelier Discussing Current TV Firing

Keith Olbermann says he should have thought twice before joining Current TV because they just weren't ready for him.

In an interview with David Letterman for Tuesday night, Olbermann compared himself to an expensive chandelier that ended up without a good home because of problems at the network.

"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," he said.

"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, I should have known that. And it is, it is my fault at heart."

"You're the chandelier?" Letterman clarified. "I'm the chandelier," Olbermann responded.

Olbermann was dropped from the network over the weekend, and immediately replaced with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

In its statement, Current TV said their relationship with Olbermann no longer reflected respect and other values and strongly implied he couldn't be relied upon to host on a regular basis.

Olbermann told Letterman that he didn't skip taking part in key political coverage earlier this year.

He claimed he couldn't do the show because he was "fighting something in my throat" and had been told by a physician to remain silent for five days to resolve the problem.

Olbermann has indicated he will sue Current TV for terminating his five-year, $50 million contract.

"Well, up to last Thursday I got my money," Olbermann said. "The nice judge will decide whether or not I get more of my money."

April 4, 2012 |

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