Thursday, April 29, 2010

Conan on "60 Minutes": "I sleep well at night"

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.”


  1. Steve K. said...

    There was a documentary on A'n'E recently about history of late night talk shows. There's a bit about current events at the end too. Whole thing can be seen at

    PS: Tee-hee, Kilborn is a fatty.

  2. Anonymous said...

    I thought the interview was pretty meh. I wish Kroft had asked Conan what he would've done back then if NBC had denied him The Tonight Show instead of promising it to him in five years.

  3. Anonymous said...

    I agree with mehnonymous, it was one the worst interview on 60 minutes.
    the 60 minutes program is not like it used to be. conan should have gone directly to letterman. at least letterman would make it fun.

  4. Janet A said...

    Marty and I are hoping now that Conan can be on TV, that Letterman will have him on. That would be great TV.