Conan O’Brien, as part of his exit agreement with NBC, can’t be on TV for the next few months. But he’s found a way to stay in the spotlight and keep his golden parachute, too: a live tour.
He will be doing a theater show across North America, hitting 30 cities starting April 12 and ending at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta June 14. Andy Richter and his old house band will join him.
“It was either a massive 30-city tour or start helping out around the house,” O’Brien said in a statement.
O’Brien was booted from “The Tonight Show” in January, replaced by his predecessor Jay Leno. Leno’s poor ratings on his 10 p.m. show had the local affiliates on the verge of rebellion. O’Brien’s ratings were way down from what Leno was doing.
NBC’s solution? Management offered to give O’Brien a 12:05 a.m. spot and put Leno back at 11:35 p.m., but O’Brien declined.
During this whole brouhaha, though, Conan came out as the good guy, the victim.
Currently, he is seeking a new home. Fox is a likely candidate but he could also go to cable.
You can buy tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. Regular prices range from $54.55 to $98.75, with fees. A meet-and-greet package will cost a whopping $697.
Some fans are planning something for Conan at the event. A planning site has been placed at Facebook here if you’d like to join in on the fun.