Conan O'Brien Slams NBC During New Show Premiere (VIDEO)
Conan O'Brien ruffles the Peacock's feathers.
"Thank you and welcome to my second annual first show." That's how Conan O'Brien opened his first monologue on his TBS late night premiere of "Conan." O'Brien was hilariously unshy about poking fun at this year's NBC politics that led the comedian to cable -- check it out.
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We reported Monday that Conan O'Brien had social media to thank for his ability to stay in touch with fans since his early 2010 exit from "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." Conan was practically dismissed from the network when, as Radar so aptly puts it, "poor ratings and company politics led NBC to replace him with the man he'd replaced less than a year before, Jay Leno."
So when he took the stage on TBS' Monday night premiere of "Conan," O'Brien shouted out his 1.8 million followers by saying, "I know what you guys are thinking. 'Hey, it's the guy from Twitter.'" The audience went crazy as Conan said, "This show is called 'Conan.' People asked me why I named this show 'Conan.' I did it so I'd be harder to replace."
O'Brien said his happiness about being on cable is "not a joke," continuing, "I've dreamed of being a talk-show host on basic cable ever since I was 46."
At 47 Conan hurled some childishly funny zingers at NBC, saying, "It's not easy doing a late-night show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding -- so that's why I left NBC."
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Again the crowd went wild. O'Brien stayed with the NBC scandal, saying, "I put myself and my staff through this crazy huge ordeal, all because I refused to go on at midnight. And then I get this job at 11, and it's supposed to be a big deal. And then yesterday, daylight savings time ended. Right now it's basically midnight. I'm a moron!"
On a somewhat more serious note, Conan O'Brien tweeted his fans late Monday night, saying, "It feels great to be back. To all my fans: Thank you. You are the reason this happened. Also, now I have to change my Twitter bio. Damn you.".
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