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Conan O'Brien Would 'Rather Just Forget' NBC Debacle

Conan O'Brien Would 'Rather Just Forget' NBC Debacle

Conan O’Brien suits up for the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 49-year-old late-night talk show host had to share:

On aging: “Tall people getting older is funny because they often don’t. I’m like those junk trees that grow really tall, really fast, then fall to pieces. I’ll be doing a monologue five years from now, and there will be an audible crackling sound.”

On Jay Leno: “He certainly isn’t calling me. It’s not like he’s going to sneak up on me in traffic. He’s a guy you see coming from a ways off because he’s usually driving a car made of copper that runs on manure and has gas lanterns. The odds are we will both leave this Earth without speaking to each other, which is fine. There’s really nothing to say. We both know the deal. He knows; I know. I’d rather just forget.”

On moving networks: “What we are trying to do is a mosaic; you can’t really see the whole picture until you back up. At NBC, we were a small comedy club on a cruise ship. At TBS, we’re masters of our own pirate ship. It’s about so much more than who watches the show at 11 p.m. Who watches it at 1 a.m.? Who watches the clip online the next day? Who sees the ad with that clip?”

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  • Peapo

    Conan has more class, humor, and respect for other people in his pinky than Jay Leno has in all his cars!


    That’s the spirit Coco

  • Danne

    Yes, Conan and his people were able to get all of the twitter sheep on board but the reason he does not want to discuss what heppened is because people actually know that he does not look good. He was trying to force Jay out for a very, very long time and threw enough of a tantrum with threatening to move somewhere else that NBC had to give him his way and Jay agreed that he would be willing to try somwthing else. Well, Conan did not fair too well in the big time slot. Then, everyone is supposed to feel sorry for this “nerd”? Gimme me break. Jay Leno has a lot of friends who knew what had been up and stuck with him through Conan’s PR-social media war, so he cannot be that bad of a guy. Jay has always been known in the industry to be void of ego.

  • laly

    Team coco

  • alexis

    Go sit down Conan your show sucked, the ratings were shitty, you weren’t funny and you’ll never be worth Jay Leno’s time in a million years. Team Leno all the way!!!!

  • Lulu

    When will he realize he’s not that good ??? I prefer Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson.

  • juni

    I used to find Conan so funny but now he is so full bitterness. Whatever you say about Leno, he’s been beyond professional and has more discipline, tact, class, to refrain from boring us all with the ugly reality of show business: it’s all about the bottom line, people. And on this note, Leno overdelivers. Conan, it’s time to move on and keep it classy. Enough said, yes?

  • omd

    @alexis: you must be illiterate to find leno funny.

  • jes

    team coco