In his first interview since being fired by Current TV, Keith Olbermann told David Letterman on The Late Show Tuesday that “I screwed up really big.”
Explaining his ouster using a drawn-out metaphor, he said, “It’s my fault 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 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. And it is my fault at heart."
"Now, I’ve been in situations in my lifetime where the second I agreed to something, I got that sinking feeling in my stomach and I've said to myself on those occasions, ‘Holy goodness, I’ve just made a huge mistake.’”
"So ... you're the chandelier?” Letterman asked, genuinely wondering.
We assume that's what he meant. Olbermann, who was fired by MSNBC before signing on with Current about a year ago, went on to explain: