Keith Olbermann on "The Late Show" with David Letterman

Olbermann opens up on the "Late Show"

Tells David Letterman (again): "I didn't burn bridges; I burned rivers"


Emma Mustich
May 19, 2011 6:20PM (UTC)

In a segment on last night's "Late Show," Keith Olbermann discussed his departure from MSNBC -- as well as his complicated employment history more generally.

On his move to Current TV, where he will again host a show called "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" (regarding the recycling of this name, he tells Letterman: "We just sort of did it -- we'll hear from them if they're not happy"), he explained that he had been looking for "a place that's just in the news business and nothing else -- that doesn't also own an amusement park in Orlando or doesn't have outdoor advertising or beet plantations in the Azores or whatever else."

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In the course of his conversation, he reused an old phrase -- "I didn't burn bridges; I burned rivers" -- that he actually introduced on the "Late Show" several years ago. You can see video of the old appearance here (with the "rivers" remark around 6:18):


Emma Mustich

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