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Conan Opens Up About The Tonight Show

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Conan O'Brien revealed that he would have left NBC over doing what Jay Leno did to him! He explains in an interview with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft airing on May 2:

He went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know– I know me, I wouldn't have done that.

"If I had surrendered The Tonight Show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well– and then…six months later. But that's me, you know. Everyone's got their own, you know, way of doing things.”

As for why HE left NBC, Conan said it was because he didn't think it would be the best work environment anymore. He says:

“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].”

Well you're going your own way now and we're sure you'll be a HUGE success on TBS!

We're rooting for ya, Coco!

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19 comments to “Conan Opens Up About The Tonight Show

  1. 1

    word up coco :) but seriously fyi its time to stop whining about it already. whats done is done. lay back and enjoy your money already

  2. 2

    It's surprising that you are so pro-Conan.
    Neither myself, nor any of my friends, have ever enjoyed him or his show.
    He's a bore, really!
    I'm not a big fan of Jay Leno, but he is better- period.

  3. 3

    Have some more bad work done on your face, Conan, maybe you'll feel better! Conan was not funny and no even cares that he is gone- good riddance!

  4. 4

    it's not jay fault that he had very low ratings.

  5. 5

    Jay Leno is a dick.

  6. 6

    He got so much money breaking his contract first and now he is taking George Lopez tonite show slot ( George is fun ) so what else he wants…. GeeeZ!

  7. eryss says – reply to this


    I`m glad things somewhat worked out for him and sure Jay`s takeback of the show was questionable but people should`ve watched conan more so NBC wouldn`t have had to fire him. He wasn`t pulling in the ratings. Maybe if Jay had not done that show at 10pm things would`ve been a smidge better too but the ratings were down, people should`ve tuned in more and NBC should`ve given Conan more time to gain an audience instead of freaking out like they did

  8. 8

    CONAN SUCKS! It's NOT Leno's fault.

    Conan was given the chance of a lifetime. You blew it.

    What a crybaby. Give me millions for walking away, I would not cry.

  9. 9

    I like how none of you have a FUCKING clue what you're talking about (with the exception of Jeanie85)… it all sounds horrible regurgitations of different shit you all heard from different sources… LMAO

  10. 10

    CONAN the psycho!! HAHAHAH he is still on this TIP!!! omg…poOR TBS!!! NBC can finally breath!

  11. Pisky says – reply to this


    i'm so tired of this bs, it wasn't jays fault come on get over it, this has been dragged out sooo much. I love conan, but he sucked and he got fired b/c of it, jay is far superior, now he's going to TBS rather than another network like FOX, doesn't that basically sum up the story as to why he was fired? He has to have things his way or the highway..that don't work buddy, unless of course you work in the "mcdonalds" equivalent of your industry, and oh you're going to TBS..so perfect for him.

    Wish him luck, wish he would of gotten a more legit station to be on, and Jay forever sorry but he's better, and david letterman is unwatchable b/c he's so horrible.

  12. 12

    Conan left because he was getting poor ratings! Don't lie!

  13. 13

    Team Coco all the way!!!!

  14. 14

    If Conan had been funny on his show, NBC would not have given Leno his spot. Period. Now Conan needs to STFU and stop whining before he loses what fans he does have.

  15. 15

    I think this guy really sucks eggs big time. He is NOT funny and never will be. The only reason people tuned in to him is because of all the BS he created after he refused to move to 12AM. Don't blame NBC or Jay for your own shiteous failure to get the Tonoght show off the ground. I hate a winer and this one is a big winer. That he is cashing in off of this makes me sick. Never liked you ugly and never will. I know his new gig at TBS will be a huge flop. He was a flop at NBC, what makes anyone think people are going to be watching him on some shitty cable station. He should have taken the offer from Fox

  16. 16

    He is way better than Leno

  17. 17

    What a whiny man! Conan you weren't funny, that is why your show failed! Why don't you go and cry in your bag of money!

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


    Groans. MOVE. ON., dude. Broken record stuck playing the same bit until people start to scream…

  19. 19

    The only people who watch that cheap crap are old folks and people who can't afford cable. I also DO NOT believe in the Nielson ratings, especially in this day where electronics are capable of giving an accurate analysis, not some box in your living room.