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Conan O'Brien Wouldn't Do What Jay Leno Did to Him

April 30, 2010 02:55:19 GMT

Speaking theoretically, Conan said if the situation would have been reversed, he would not take back a show which has been handed over.


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CBS released an excerpt of "60 Minutes" interview with Conan O'Brien that includes Conan slamming Jay Leno for taking back "Tonight Show" when given the offer. "He went and took that show back," Conan said. "And I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know- I know me, I wouldn't have done that."

In the interview which will air on Sunday, May 2, Conan also said, "If I had surrendered 'The Tonight Show' and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well, and then ...six months later, I wouldn't have taken it back. But that's me, you know. Everyone's got their own, you know, way of doing things."

Conan said that he would have "done something else, go someplace else." About his decision to leave the network, Conan defended, "I think this relationship is going be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways. That's really how it felt to me ...and I started to feel that I'm not sure these people even really want me here ...I can't do it [anymore]."

Asked whether he felt like he got screwed, Conan said that he sleeps well at night and added, "No, I didn't. I'm fine. It just didn't work out."

Conan is now in the middle of 30-city North American comedy tour. He would have his own talk show on TBS in November. Meanwhile, "The Tonight Show" has improved in rating since Jay Leno returned.

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posted by Violette on May 03, 2010
Geez, the NBC paid hacks made it here. You NBC interns who go around the web spewing hatred against Conan should at least come up with something new to say. Your repetitive rants are ridiculous. People who actually keep track of real news know that Conan had a terrible lead in, and what was that? Jay's won show. Jay's show was crapping it out on his time slot and the affiliates were all complaining. That's why is got canceled and he had to be given another show otherwise, NBC was gonna pay him truckloads of money. Conan left because the Tonight Show, an institution, was gonna be pushed to the next day, at 12:05. BTW, Jay got 2 years to pull in decent ratings. Conan got what? 6 months? And didn't even get any respectable lead ins. And before you worship your Leno, why don't you research about how he got the job in the first place. He screwed over DAvid Letterman. Maybe you should think about that! But then again, you ate paid hacks, so what good will it do.
posted by benny on May 01, 2010
Conan needs to get on with it. He was paid 40 million dollars to go his own way and he's got a gripe. Grow up, you got more money then you would ever have if you had stayed as a comedt store comic.

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