Keith Olbermann calls himself a 10 million dollar chandelier

Everybody’s favorite news-media hot potato Keith Olbermann went on “David Letterman” last night to discuss his firing from Current TV for the first time on television. According to Olbermann, Current simply couldn’t afford him.

“If you buy a 10 million dollar chandelier, you should have a house to put it in,” Olbermann said. “Just walking around with a 10 million dollar chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good. And it’s not going to do any good to the chandelier.”

“You’re the chandelier?” Letterman asked. Olbermann nodded with mock gravitas, “I’m the chandelier.”

The funny thing about this story is that Olbermann isn’t actually overstating his value. Olbermann’s contract with Current was for 5 years for $50 million—he actually was a 10 million dollar per-year chandelier.

Still, presenting his case in this way didn’t do tons to reinforce his image as the scrappy underdog of the news media. Which is part of what we love about Keith Olbermann—that he stands up for the voice getting squashed in daily political dialogue, and that he walks the walk by getting perennially squashed himself.

He took a sort of coy, tongue-in-cheek responsibility for his falling out with Current, noting, “I should have known that [there was no house to hold the 10 million dollar chandelier], and it is my fault at heart.” But it’s really hard to feel bad for a 10 million dollar chandelier.

Keith Olbermann calls himself a 10 million dollar chandelier