Conan O'Brien Denies That His Tonight Show Lost Money, Says He Is Still Angry


CBS has been throwing buckets of tasty Conan O'Brien quotes overboard this week, hoping to bait a younger 60 Minutes audience and bring its median age down to 50. Yesterday, the network cleverly released a Jay-bashing soundbite from this Sunday's interview. And today's delicious excerpt slices through the very argument NBC used to boot him from his time slot.

Asked to comment on NBC statements that The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien was losing money, O'Brien said, "I honestly don't see how that's possible. It's really not possible. It isn't possible."


"I don't regret anything. I don't regret one decision I made in that week and a half period. I wish it had ended differently. But, I'm fine. 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."

Was He Screwed?

"The biggest thing people come up and say to me in gas stations and restaurants, I have so many people say this to me. 'Hey partner, you got screwed.' I don't, and I always tell them, 'No, I didn't. I didn't get screwed. I'm fine. It just didn't work out.'

Resolved His Issues?

"No, I have not resolved all my issues. I am mostly very happy. I love this tour it's the most thrilling thing I've done in my career. And so I'm in a really great place in a lot of ways. But I'd be lying if I said I don't have my moments of everything, you know, anger, disappointment, frustration and just confusion."

Jeff Zucker, would you like to respond?

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  • Martini Shark says:

    All this talk about Conan, but why are they talking to Bryan Cranston from "Breaking BaD"?

  • HwoodHills says:

    Why no link to the actual vid?

  • tom says:

    U.S. Rep., abolitionist,"Architect OF 14th Amendment" John Bingham, in the House on 3/ 9 1866,commenting on the Civil Rights Act of 1866 precursor to the 14th Amendment: "[I] find no fault with the introductory clause [S 61 Bill], which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen. . Cong Globe 39th1st Sess(1866).

  • MILLY says:

    Im tired of his whining. It's showbusiness, worse has happened to other people and they didn't get $30 million paydays from it. In fact, he's doing the same thing to George Lopez by bumping him to a later time. It is what it is dude, move on already. Leno doesn't own NBC either, enough is enough.