NEW YORK, NY – Conan O’Brien opens up about his roller coaster ride that was his last few months!
Conan O’Brien will appear on “60 Minutes” Sunday night in his first interview since his less than pleasant departure from NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” In the interview, O’Brien admits that he believes he wasn’t given a fair chance to prove he could succeed and that money may have been the main reason NBC opted to bring back their former host, Jay Leno.
O’Brien also admits that if the roles had been reversed, he would not have handled the situation the same way.
“He went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know – I know me, I wouldn’t have done that,” he told CBS correspondent Steve Kroft. “If I had surrendered ‘The Tonight Show’ and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well – and then … six months later, I wouldn’t have taken it back. But that’s me, you know. Everyone’s got their own, you know, way of doing things.”
O’Brien approved to the interview with Kroft under the provision that it could not be aired until after May 1. His departure agreement with NBC stipulates that he was prohibited from appearing on television or any other form of media until after that date. O’Brien also signed in the agreement that he could not disparage either Leno or network executives, so at times during his upcoming interview, it may seem like he’s holding back.
Kroft does point out that Leno went on to say at one point that both comics got screwed by NBC’s handling of the situation. O’Brien responds with “How did he get screwed?” and notes that he’s the one on “The Tonight Show.”
O’Brien doesn’t want a pity party, however. He reassures Kroft that “I’m fine; I’m doing great,” and that despite all the decision he’s made he has no regrets.
His interview airs this Sunday, May 2, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS