"I screwed up," Keith Olbermann told David Letterman about his latest firing.
"It's my fault that it didn't succeed, in the sense that I didn't think the whole thing through," said Olbermann.
Olbermann got canned from his $10-million-a-year job at Current, the liberal TV network started by Al Gore. He was fired because of friction with his bosses.
First up, Letterman joked about the number of places Olbermann has worked.
Then Olbermann drew a strange analogy about his job with Current.
"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," said Olbermann.
"And you're the chandelier?" asked Letterman.
"Yes," replied Olbermann.
Olbermann also addressed reports in the New York Post that he was super-fussy about car services, and complained that the drivers were "smelly" and dared to chat with him.
"In at least one occassion, the car services stopped coming to get me, because the bill hadn't been paid," said Olbermann.
But today, the Post published internal e-mails dealing with Olbermann's car-service complaints.
"The man who professes to be for the 99 percent doesn't want any of the 99 percent talking to him or being near him," said one email from a Current TV staffer.