One loud-talking, onetime television personality is moving out of Trump Palace, the sky-scraping, gilded tower just blocks east of Central Park. No, it is not Donald Trump, who himself lives several blocks southwest. Political and sports commentator Keith Olbermann has listed his three-bedroom, 1,750-square-foot apartment on the 40th floor of the Upper East Side building, running as fast as he can away from the gold-plated Trump brand.
“If they had changed the name of it to something more positive like Ebola Palace I would have happily stayed,” Olbermann, who moved out of the building last month, told The Wall Street Journal. Relocating, he said, made him feel “less morally icky.”
Olbermann had written an op-ed about his decision in The Washington Post last month, saying that he couldn’t stomach seeing the Trump lettering on his home “without spitting. Frankly, I’m running out of Trump spit.”
But the longtime newsman, who is currently unemployed after leaving MSNBC years ago and ESPN last summer, is just now putting his money where his mouth is. Living under the Trump umbrella was so bitter a pill for him to swallow that he’s taking a loss on the apartment, which he bought for $4.2 million in 2007. He listed the sky-high digs, which features three terraces that overlook Central Park, the George Washington Bridge, and the Empire State Building, for $3.9 million (townresidential.com/200E69St40B).
Trump responded, naturally, to Olbermann’s move by dismissing the commentator as “just trying to use ‘Trump’ to get publicity and stay relevant,” according to an e-mailed statement to the Journal. “The prices of Trump apartments are today, the highest they’ve been. When people find out he is leaving Trump Palace, prices will probably go up.”
For Olbermann, the weight off his shoulders is priceless. “I feel 20 pounds lighter since I left,” he told the Journal. Perhaps, though, that’s just what it feels like to lose $300,000.