Current’s Keith Olbermann celebrated Glenn Beck’s Thursday departure from Fox News by explaining why he likened the host to the character of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, who was play by Andy Griffith in the 1957 movie “A Face in the Crowd.”
Rhodes, an adviser for a conservative presidential candidate, was destroyed when he was overheard trashing his candidate on a live microphone.
“It’s given to ad exec Walter Matthau to answer the question that Lonesome Rhodes asks after his dramatic downfall: ‘What’s going to happen to me?'” said Olbermann.
“You’ll be back on television, only it won’t be quite the same as it was before. After a cooling off period, someone will say, ‘Why don’t we try him again in an inexpensive format? People’s memories aren’t too long.’ And in a way he’d be right. Some people will forget, some won’t. You’ll have a show, maybe not the best hour or top ten, maybe not in the top 50. You’ll have a show, it just won’t be quite the same as it was before… then someday someone will ask, ‘What ever happened to what’s his name? You know, the one that was so big, the number one fellow a couple years ago? He was famous. How could we forget a name like that?'”
“Good night, Glenn, and good luck,” Olbermann concluded.
Watch this video from Current’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, broadcast June 30, 2011.