Conan O'Brien admits that the feud between him and Jay Leno remains fierce.
The bitter rivalry began in earnest in 2010 when, barely six months after replacing Leno as host of The Tonight Show, Conan was ousted from the show. "In some ways, that was more intense than Jay versus Dave [Letterman]. It felt like the younger guard [supporting Conan] against the old guard [Leno]. People were having rallies, making videos slamming NBC, and NBC was thinking, 'How is Conan doing this?' I was being credited as a genius when I didn't have the slightest idea who these people were," Conan told ShortList magazine.
Conan - who now hosts a new self-titled talk show - added that some of his most ardent fans even went so far as to get a tattoo as a show of support. He was, however, quick to point out that he didn't necessarily appreciate the gesture. "They've tattooed my face on their body. I always feel like, 'Look, I'll pay to have that removed,'" the talk show host added.
Fans of both Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel might have noticed something unusual on their broadcasts recently: similar sketches.
Two weeks ago, Jimmy Kimmel Live was first to air a mashup of Sarah Palin's Alaska with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Watch the video after the jump.) That clip was unfortunately followed up two weeks later by a Conan sketch that closely resembed the first.
In response to the snafu, O'Brien issued an apology to the competition -- and made other revelations -- in the message above.
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Viewers were excited to tune into Conan O’Brien’s Monday premiere … but they weren’t as pumped on Tuesday. Conan’s cable show lost one-third of its viewers in the transition from Day 1 to Day 2.
Maybe Jon Stewart is to blame? O’Brien’s new late night talk show is competing directly with the cable king, and we don’t like his odds. Monday’s Conan scored 4.2 million viewers, compared to 2.8 million the following night. (His rival Jay Leno averages around 3.6 million for his famous network gig.)
Critics were largely unenthusiastic with the Monday premiere. One writer at the Los Angeles Times complained about O’Brien’s endless NBC jokes, a gag that’s running a little thin nine months after the Tonight Show fallout.
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If you weren't one of the 4.2 million people watching Conan O'Brien last night (seeing him at 11:00 is still a weird concept), you can catch a highlight from Conan's debut here.
How exactly did O'Brien wind up on basic cable -- and what would he look like as a (real) clown? Check out the video above.
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Maybe Conan O’Brien shouldn’t get too cozy in his new office at TBS.
The former NBC funnyman will debut his Conan, a new late night series, at 11 pm on Monday … and that means he’s facing the toughest of all late night competition.
According to TVByTheNumbers, The Daily Show is the top-rated late night show among adults age 18 - 49. The numbers are in, and Jon Stewart is officially the king of late night … but during one of the weeks reviewed, The Daily Show, The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman were all showing re-runs.
We have a sneaking suspicion that all Daily Show ratings spikes come just when FOX News hires new staffers.
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"He can come as the musical guest, because that I want to see; no one knows he has an operatic range. ... No, there are certain things I will not do, regardless of the price."
-New TBS host Conan O'Brien assuring us that Jay Leno will not be one of Conan's future guests.
(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)
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Earlier this month, Team Coco provided us with 24-hour live streaming from their offices. This Monday, we'll get even more behind-the-scenes action.
On November 1 at 11 p.m. Eastern/ 8 p.m. Pacific, host Conan O'Brien -- with help from Andy Richter and a few special celebrity guests -- will get fans warmed with a special sneak peek. The event, titled "Team Zero," will be broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and TeamCoco.com.
The actual premiere of Conan will happen just over a week later on November 8. Names booked for the program's first week include Seth Rogen, Jack White, Tom Hanks, Soundgarden, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera and Julie Bowen.
Although we are still over two weeks away from the official launch of Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show, the buzz is already building. To ramp up the excitement for the late-night program, Team Coco began 24 hours of live streaming from the show’s offices at 1 p.m. EST today.
What behind-the-scenes action could we possibly see from that camera focused on the stairwell of their “comedy bunker”? If you were watching at 6:00 p.m. EST, you would have caught a dancing Taco Bell mascot (with a dancing taco). Earlier in the afternoon, you would have been treated to an aerobics session straight from the ‘80s.
Conan kicks off on November 8.
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Conan O’Brien may not have Max Weinberg for his new TBS program, but right now he has Def Leppard … and soap … and water.
How clean can O’Brien’s desk possibly get? Find out when Conan debuts on November 8.
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-Sister Wives pulled in a record number of voyeurs for TLC on Sunday. The reality series about a polygamist family drew in the network’s largest audience (2.3 million) for a premiere in a year.
-Dexter Morgan saw killer numbers this weekend as well. The Season 5 premiere of Dexter—which also brought in 2.3 million—was Showtime’s best opener in 15 years.
-Drummer Max Weinberg will not be joining Conan O’Brien for his new late-night talk show. Guitarist and keyboard player Jimmy Vivino will take over when Conan debuts on TBS on November 8.
-Joseph Cerniglia, who appeared on a 2007 episode of Kitchen Nightmares, was found dead in the Hudson River last week. He is now the second person connected to a Gordon Ramsay show to have committed suicide. (Hell’s Kitchen contestant Rachel Brown died in 2007.)
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