Tomorrow night, the 60 Minutes special featuring Conan O’Brien talking about his “toxic relationship” with NBC will premiere. Early transcripts of this interview have been released on EW.com, and Conan makes the following statements in the interview:
“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.”
“I think this relationship [with NBC and Jay Leno] is going to 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].”
On whether or not he has any regrets: “I don’t regret anything. I don’t regret one decision I made in that week and a half period…I wish it had ended differently. But I’m fine. I do believe, and this might be my Catholic upbringing or Irish magical thinking, but I think things happen for a reason. I really do. And I think that this all happened for a reason.”
On whether or not he was screwed: “The biggest thing people come up and say to me in gas stations and restaurants, I have so many people say this to me. ‘Hey partner, you got screwed.’ I don’t — and I always tell them, ‘No, I didn’t. I didn’t get screwed. I’m — I’m fine. It just — it didn’t work out.’ But I don’t want people thinking, you know, that I got screwed. Because it just didn’t work out.”
It’s admirable that he’s taking the whole situation in such stride and he has been since it started, but come on, Conan, you really were screwed. Let’s not beat around any bushes.
On a semi-related note, Conan O’Brien looks just like the president of Finland, Tarja Halonen. Check it out.
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one message i keep getting from conan in his interviews is that, look. yeah this is shitty. but i am still rich. i am still on TV. I’m still among the best in my little corner of the biz. people still know my name. I can vacation anywhere i want in the world. my family has never known a day without food in the cupboards. so no, it does NOT suck at all to be conan. and i think that’s a really cool message. he seems like a positive genuine person (unlike his nemesis) and I hope people totally support him on TBS.
I totally agree, lolly. I wish more celebrities gave off that sort of vibe.
Quite frankly, Conan is about as funny as a fart during priest sex. Every time you mention this soul-less fire crotch’s name, the sawdust brains come out of the woodwork and coo like pigeons.
We’ll see how well this dull-eyed meat sack does on that backwater basic cable channel.
BTW, the only real Team Coco are the left and right ass cheeks of that fine ass girl who be bangin’ Ice-T.
someone sounds jealous.. it must suck to be you.
Now now, don’t stoop to evilbeetdouche’s ways, your better than that!
With that being said, Conan was stupid NOT to accept NBC’s deal of having his talk show moved to 12am with Jay Leno getting cut down to a half hour because if he did, I bet that Jay Leno would have left NBC instead since his talk show was gonna be reduced to a half hour and a half hour is too short for a talk show and thus Conan would be back at 11:30 on NBC.
But instead he chose to leave, thus giving Jay Leno what he wants, a return to 11:30pm for one whole hour. While Conan goes to a CABLE network, and while a lot of people have TBS, EVERYBODY has NBC, CBS, FOX (the network that Conan should have gone to), etc. thus guaranteeing that Conan will NEVER get better ratings than Jay, David and Jimmy!
Conan has nothing to blame but himself!
that president of finland comment is super old.. anyone who watched conan knows he always talked about it, he even went to finland.
…..and let the bashing begin! That didn’t take long
Yes, but I thought the same exact thing and I bet you did too. I welcome Emily warmly, but that’s really a part of her new job: Fact-checking and whatnot.
I haven’t had cable in over a year, and used to only ever watch Conan via DVR, and even I remember watching him comment on the likeness and crack jokes about it.
it’s not bashing..it’s a fact.
I don’t know what his problem is. Didn’t he get millions of dollars for quitting? And his team? Most of us just get a good ole kick up the butt, so stop the whining…
what part of “No, I didn’t. I didn’t get screwed. I’m — I’m fine. It just — it didn’t work out.” don’t you understand? because that, my friend – is the exact opposite of whining.
To me it’s also whining when you mention the fact all of the time. if it’s fine with him then move on.
but everyone keeps asking about it, so he’s pretty much has to talk about it…and I think he’s handling it very well.
but everyone keeps asking about it, so he’s pretty much has to talk about it…and I think he’s handling it very well. honestly, if he didn’t speak about it, then everyone would say how he’s depressed and still not over it..
Nothing against Conan, but he was doomed to fail with the Tonight Show. Conans original show didnt pull any ratings and neither did The Tonight Show when Conan was hosting. The whole reason was because Conan has a niche following. His show was funny, but not to everyone. That being said, Conan was treated poorly by Leno and NBC and has reason to be upset.
I think it’s stupid to drag all these business dealing out in the media. Getting screwed by the man is part of life, no one’s above it. I will say serious Conan is sexy Conan.
I take that back after watching his whining little interview. What a pussy!
“I take that back after watching his whining little interview. What a pussy!”
Hey you just described yourself loser!
Oh I read your responses to Wes over at TV Fanatic and I’d say you’re the jackass, loser!
i’m feelin’ this beard on him.
put him sprawled out on a lush green hill with nothin else on but a kilt & some bagpipes, and we might have somethin here!