Conan O'Brien Says He Wouldn't Have Done a Leno
By PopEater Staff Posted Apr 29th 2010 09:37PM
In his first televised interview since his late night dethroning, Conan O'Brien says he never would have acted like Jay Leno if their "Tonight Show" roles had been reversed.
"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," O'Brien, says in the interview scheduled to air on '60 Minutes' on Sunday.
"If I had surrendered 'The Tonight Show' and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well -- and then ... six months later," he added. "But that's me, you know. Everyone's got their own, you know, way of doing things."
Asked by correspondent Steve Kroft what he would have done, O'Brien says, "Done something else, go someplace else. I mean, that's just me."
O'Brien eventually left NBC thinking "this relationship is going be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways." He is set to host a talk show on TBS following his comedy tour.
According to the New York Times, O'Brien held back on criticizing NBC too much because of his buyout and agreement to not disparage Leno or executives. He refuses to bite when Kroft suggests he "got screwed." O'Brien responds, "No, I didn't. I'm fine."
When he's asked if Leno lobbied to regain the show, O'Brien says simply, "I don't know."
When asked if Leno acted less than honorably, O'Brien hesitated and then said, "I can't answer that."
Conan O'Brien Snapshots
In this image taken from video and released by CBS, former "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien, right, talks with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft, at O'Brien's Los Angeles home, Wednesday, April 21, 2010. O'Brien discussed leaving the "Tonight Show" and his feelings about the exit in the interview which airs Sunday, May 2 on CBS. (AP Photo/CBS) --MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY--
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