On Sunday, Conan O'Brien gave his first on-the-record interview since leaving the Tonight Show in January. In a heavy-hearted discussion with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft, he touches on his falling-out with NBC and his path forward with TBS.
Kroft tempts O'Brien to air his grievances about Jay Leno and NBC chief executive Jeff Zucker but the red-headed comic pulls his punches. The closest O'Brien come to denouncing Leno is this:
If I had surrendered The Tonight Show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well, I would not have come back six months later. But that's me. Everyone's got their own way of doing things.
The non-disparagement clause he signed with NBC ties his hands and it's noticeably gnawing at him during the interview. Will O'Brien ever openly tell his side of the story?
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