For the first time since he was replaced as host of The Tonight Show
by former host Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien is speaking out. In a 60 Minutes interview to air on Sunday, Conan says that had he been in Jay's shoes, he would not have returned to the show after handing it over to
someone else. "Everyone's got their own way... of doing things. I wouldn't have done that," says Conan, who has moved on to a sold-out comedy tour and will begin a new late-night show on TBS in November, adding that in a similar position, he would have "done something else, go someplace else. I mean, that's just me."
NBC made the controversial move because ratings were low both for Conan as
well as Jay's 10 p.m. show. Jay was villainized for his role in the fiasco
by many viewers and other late-night hosts like David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, but he insisted that he never wanted to leave The Tonight Show and he was as much a victim as Conan. "Conan got screwed, I got screwed," he said. But on Live! With Regis and Kelly on April 30, David Letterman disputed that claim. "How did you both get screwed? He got canceled, you got a show," David said. "I found it wildly entertaining."