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Conan O’Brien said he wouldn’t have done what Leno did

conan-kroftConan O’Brien, in his first interview since he left the “Tonight Show,” said he would not have done what Jay Leno did, precipitating his departure.

“He went and took the show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed,” said O’Brien, who talked to Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes” in an interview set to air on Sunday. “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.”

O’Brien said he would have just done something else.

After NBC’s 10 p.m. experiment with Leno failed due to affiliate rebellion and low ratings earlier this y ear, execs offered an 11:35 p.m. slot to Leno that would push O’Brien’s show to 12:05 a.m. O’Brien refused and negotiated a major exit deal.

This all came from a CBS press release. I’m sure he will talk about the TBS deal as well. I’ll blog about it on Sunday evening.

4 comments Add your comment

Robin Huud

April 30th, 2010
7:52 pm

Give me a break; this guy is such a hypocritical loser. First of all he takes over the Tonight show and in six months he loses 50% of the viewers. Then when he is replaced, he gets 45 million dollars for doing a horrible job. Now he is whining. Typical of his generation. They dont earn anything and they want everything given to them. Yesterday I read the viewership for the Tonight show is back where it was when Jay was there and is number one again. Wake up America this guy is a failure.

Mike

May 3rd, 2010
4:43 pm

Except Leno’s ratings weren’t good at first either, Conan graduated from Harvard and worked the 12:30 slot for over 15 years, and Leno’s ratings now are closer to Letterman’s than they ever were.

merculf

May 6th, 2010
9:23 am

The Uni-bomber went to Harvard as well……..what does that say about anything?

nick

May 6th, 2010
9:40 am

Conan easy to say you would do something different now. You lost the market share of the fans and you get moved and all of a sudden you want to be seen as the victim. Not!! I’ll give you 12-15 months on TBS before your gone there too.