Sorry, gang.

  But if I give you the entire transcript of tonight's (or if you're reading this Monday, last night's)  Conan O'Brien interview, I will be in trouble. And you know what CBS/Viacom did to Youtube...So instead, my story tomorrow...

 

  Seeking no pity and almost certainly receiving none, Conan O'Brien met the press in the form of "60 Minutes" last night for his first post-"Tonight" interview. Bottom line: No surprises, though none were really expected. Even the beard was familiar, because Conan also lost his shaving kit during the 2007-8 writers' strike.
  He was gracious and self-deprecating, as always. There were no NBC jokes. As you may know, those are not allowed per his exit contract which must also include a "Be Nice to Jay, too" clause.
  "Do you believe [Leno] acted honorably," "60's" Steve Kroft asked.
  Conan: Deep breath. Long exhalation.
  "I don't think I can answer that."
  Deep breath. Long exhalation.
  OK.
  Bizarrely, inexplicably there was not a single question about Fox, which could have been reduced to two words:" What happened?" Any answer - even a long exhalation - would have been newsworthy. Instead, Kroft wondered about TBS. Said Co, "I do not look down my nose at cable."  No one else really does either, unless he had signed on to do public access. People would have looked down their nose at that. Still, Fox would have been optimum.
   Kroft also didn't press him on the fact that NBC didn't actually fire him from "Tonight," which is what happens to most people who lose their jobs. Instead, they wanted to push him to 12:05. Conan noted,  "this environment [didn't] feel right.'"
  Imagine: unpleasant bosses.
   If you missed, much was said, and much has already appeared in the press.
  "I went through some stuff. And I got very depressed at times. It was like a marriage breaking up suddenly, violently, quickly." He never really believed NBC would bring back a Leno-hosted show at 11:35: I'm a paranoid person [but] that was a stretch even for me."
O'Brien said people come up to him in "gas stations and restaurants" and say, "'hey, partner, you got screwed'...I always tell them, 'no I didn't.'" Kroft: "Well, you did...'"
  Conan laughed: "You think [I did too?]"
  O'Brien's wife, Liza, offered this:  "It was a shame, because it would've been great to see what he could've done if he had had their full support, and had some more time."
  That's not just a loyal partner speaking. She's right. It would have been wonderful - irrespective of what anyone says - because his "Tonight" was in fact a creative success. But he also walked with a fortune ($40 million), fabulous press, a sold-out-concert tour ("The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour”), and a new contract with Time Warner that is paying him roughly what NBC did, with also (reportedly) an ownership stake in his new program, to bow in November. Not to be diminished, he gets Fridays off.
  "I'm doing great [and] I don't regret anything.  I do believe, and this might be my Catholic upbringing or Irish magical thinking, but I think things happen for a reason.  I really do."
  He's right. Jay and NBC did him a favor after all.

 

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