CBS has released some quotes from the forthcoming Conan O'Brien/"60 Minutes" interview, and, of course, correspondent Steve Kroft tries to tiptoe around that anti-disparagement clause:
“If I had surrendered ’The Tonight Show’ and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well,” Mr. O’Brien says, referring to Mr. Leno’s on-the-air hand-off of the show to Mr. O’Brien last May, “and then... six months later. ...” Mr. O’Brien adds, referring to Mr. Leno’s willingness to return to the show.
“But that’s me, you know,” Mr. O’Brien says.“Everyone’s got their own, you know, way of doing things.”
[H]e says of Mr. Leno’s decision to come back to the show: “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,” Mr. O’Brien says.
Later in the interview, he notes, “I sleep well at night.”