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Olbermann to fight for big check

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Keith Olbermann said he “screwed up” by taking a job with Current TV, but he plans to make the channel pay for firing him.

In Olbermann’s first TV interview since he was dismissed last week by Current, he was asked by David Letterman to assess his chances of getting any money due him. After reportedly signing a five-year, $50 million contract with Current, he was there less than a year.

During his appearance Tuesday on CBS’ “Late Show,” Olbermann compared himself to an expensive chandelier that ended up without a good home because of problems at Current – and his failure to see them.

Olbermann referred back to Conan O’Brien’s legal battle with NBC over “The Tonight Show,” which ended with a reported $45 million exit settlement for O’Brien. “She’s my lawyer,” Olbermann said, smiling.

Entertainment attorney Patricia Glaser represented O’Brien during his severance fight.

Ratings bump small

If Sarah Palin’s star turn on the “Today” show was meant to send ratings soaring, it fell short.

The gap dividing NBC’s “Today” from ABC runner-up “Good Morning America” widened by just 23,000 viewers Tuesday compared with the day before, according to the Nielsen Co.

“Good Morning America” had its own guest star, Katie Couric, back on morning TV after many years hosting “Today.”

“Today” drew 5.5 million viewers, while “GMA” had 356,000 fewer tuning in. On Monday, the gap dividing them was 333,000 viewers.

Powder in room

Detectives found white powdery substances and a spoon with white residue in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died, according to the final autopsy report released Wednesday.

Houston had cocaine throughout her system when she died, the report said. The report does not specifically identify the substances as cocaine, although the drug was found in toxicology tests in Houston’s heart and extremities.

Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said their investigation is still open and he could not comment on the findings.

Happy birthday

Among birthdays today: Singer Tommy Cash is 72. Actor Michael Moriarty is 71. Actor Max Gail is 69. Singer Agnetha Faltskog is 62. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 60. Guitarist Mike McCready is 46. Singer Troy Gentry is 45. Singer Paula Cole is 44. Actress Krista Allen is 41. Singer Pat Green is 40. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 39.

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