Thursday, April 29, 2010

Conan O'Brien First Post Interview in 60 Minutes

Conan O'Brien First Post Interview on 60 MinutesIn Conan O'Brien's first post interview with Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes" since leaving the "Tonight Show", he said that if he was in the position of Jay Leno, he wouldn't have taken back the show less than a year after publicly handing it off to a new host, which is him.

"That's me, you know, Everyone's got their own way ... of doing things." O'Brien Sunday broadcast interview, excerpts of which were released Thursday by CBS. During his sold-out concert tour, O'Brien mentioned the reason why he decided to leave NBC which he said, "this relationship is going to be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways."

Conan's Tonight Show got poor tv ratings that enabled long time rival CBS' David Letterman show to surge ahead to first place while Leno's new show and time slot were threatened to be pulled since he wasn't able to replicate his Tonight Show tv ratings.

NBC tried to offer TV Shows host Leno a half-hour show at 11:35 p.m. and letting O'Brien keep the "Tonight" show name and begin a half hour later. O'Brien said no, since it will lead Jimmy Falon's "Late Night Show" time slot to be pushed further, so he denied this request by NBC, resulting for him to leave the network instead. Leno, who never wanted to leave "Tonight" in the first place, slipped back into his old home. "I wouldn't have done that, I'm not sure these people even really want me here," O'Brien said.

He didn't seem that his relationship with NBC still has a future. So he decided to sign with TBS to launch a new talk show in November. During the few weeks between his public decision and actual exit, O'Brien became something of a folk hero. An Internet "Team Coco" tribe rose up to support him, and O'Brien's ratings soared for shows with pointed jabs about his bosses.

NBC forbade O'Brien to give interviews that could be printed or telecast before May 1 on his bouyout. The "60 Minutes" telecast will be aired May 2. The interview excerpts may be a technical violation of that NBC buy out deal, although they are not expected to pursue. NBC and a Leno spokesman had no comment about O'Brien's statements.


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