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Keith Olbermann

Al Gore and Current TV

Couldn't Afford Me

4/3/2012 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Keith Olbermann says it's his fault his Current TV gig ended in disaster -- but only because he should've known the network was way too cheap for him.

On tonight's "Late Show with David Letterman" Olbermann speaks out for the first time about getting canned from Al Gore's network.

Olbermann compared himself to an expensive decoration Gore just couldn't afford, saying ... "If you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in."

As TMZ reported, Keith felt Current TV was a mismanaged "ragtag operation."

Olbermann sarcastically told Letterman, "I screwed up really big on this. It's my fault that it didn't succeed."

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16.

stan chaz    

Yep, Keith WAS the bright light, the classy “chandelier” if you will, at CurrentTV. Hey, when they say “Keith, you’re gonna be half-partner at Current” and they offer you 10 million a year, it implies that you’ll have SOME control over your work environment, your new home... no? Ahhhhh yes ....but of course....excuse me, I forgot : For we must contrast those nasty angry egotistic Liberal commentators (like Keith Olbermann) with…..the quiet, humble, self-effacing, ego-less, almost Budda-like qualities of Conservative commentators…..who, no doubt, bicycle to work, so that they might not offend THEIR limo drivers. Chill out Right Wingers, and just take two (more) Viagras. But do me a favor- and DON’T call me in the morning. :-) The REAL question we should be asking is : Did CurrentTV simply USE Keith to gain attention and higher ratings? They KNEW what they were getting! Did they lure him with big bucks, and then drop him when they were done? Yes, we all know that Keith injects emotion and passion into his commentary, into his intelligent and incisive reporting, and into his humor….all of which makes his program interesting, as well as informative. He’s forceful, honest, and direct: you FEEL his pain, you FEEL his anger, and you FEEL his heart-felt sincerity when he covers a story. And he covers it well. He’s NEVER just another talking head! If Keith is absent from CurrentTV, then I too will be absent from CurrentTV. For Keith is one of the best – hands down- as evidenced by his outstanding coverage of OWS during the past year. I wish him well, and hope that he is back on the air soon. We need his unique voice and viewpoint!

828 days ago
17.

manbearpig    

i am so surprised that Keith has never been married- i mean he is such a warm, charming person!

828 days ago
18.

buzz kill    

This joke is running out of networks. Who is willing to embarres themselves by hiring this turd? It always helps to badmouth your previous employer. Once reality sets in he will be ready for a padded room. Way to go Kweef.

828 days ago
19.

gimmeshelter    

So,let's do the math: Olbermann was fired from CNN, fired from ESPN, fired from MSNBC and now fired from Current TV...and, that egomaniacal A$$ thinks HE'S right and the world's wrong?! get this trainwreck off the airwaves already!! Arrogant liberal hypocrite. Buh-bye.

828 days ago
20.

j    

So, Keith...you admit YOU are the 1% Percent?

Hmmmm...you are the jerk you talk about? NOt a bad place to be? Hipocrite much?

828 days ago
21.

j    

Look at what he looked like in 1989...it says it all...you know this guy...stache guy...eellcchh...creepy guy...still today...even more so. seems mean spirited too.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/vintage-keith-olbermann

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1z5q5qw&s=3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LnkCuIjJZk

828 days ago
22.

jimi    

hey keith , STFU... nobody cares

828 days ago
23.

tim    

Chandelier? Even the concept of one is so dated(?), just like this played out old man referring to himself as one. Take your money and please leave Earth. Earth thanks you in advance for complying.

828 days ago
24.

Jackie    

Stop being a drama dude...You're fired...move on...prick

828 days ago
25.

Ms. Underestimate    

Someone should take Queef into a closet and beat the crap outta him.

828 days ago
26.

Cujeaux    

So long Keith. That was your last Letterman appearance as well. The network now has a chance without you.

828 days ago
27.

tellmeaboutit     

Damn, alright already, Keith. I liked your shows but try to keep your ego in check. You're sounding like a diva.

828 days ago
28.

CriticAl    

I hope this a-hole can't find another job on TV. I'm sick of his face.

828 days ago
29.

The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

Where's Ted Williams when you need him? The homeless guy with the golden voice.

828 days ago
30.

CJ    

Gee - what's the one common denominator in all of his abrupt, unpleasant oustings from jobs? Keith Olberman himself!!

828 days ago
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