In his first interview since leaving the “Tonight Show,” Conan O’Brien shed some light on his treatment from NBC, his view of Jay Leno, and his feelings about the whole ordeal.
The crimson-haired comedian talked to “60 Minutes” in a candid discourse, sporting a full beard and a decidedly somber disposition.
"I got very depressed at times. It was like a marriage breaking up suddenly, violently, quickly. And I was just trying to figure out what happened."
"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.' And I always tell them, 'No, I didn't. I didn't get screwed. I'm, I'm fine. It just, it didn't work out."
As for Leno’s claim to have also gotten screwed, Conan mused, "How did he get screwed again? Explain that part to me. I'm sorry. Jay's got The Tonight Show. I have a beard and an inflatable bat. And I'm touring city to city. Who can say who won and who lost? I'm laughing 'cause crying would be sad."
When asked if he thought Jay did the right thing, O’Brien paused, then answered, "I don't think I can answer that. I don't think—I can just tell you maybe how I would have handled it. And I would do it differently.”
"What I know is what happened, which is that he went and took that show back…Here's what I can say. I'm happy with my decision. I sleep well at night. And I, you know, hope he's happy with his decision."