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O'Brien: Colbert 'right person' to do 'Late Show'

By Derrik J. Lang

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 01:23 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again.

The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS' the "Late Show" when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show "Conan" on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the "right person" to take over the show from Letterman.

"I wasn't up for it," O'Brien said backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing for Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, which he's hosting for the first time. "I'm very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I'm a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it's fantastic. I'm really glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show."

O'Brien originally succeeded Letterman on NBC's "Late Night" in 1993 when Letterman moved to CBS to headline the "Late Show." O'Brien infamously replaced Jay Leno as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" for a mere seven months beginning in 2009 before Leno was reinstated as host in 2010.

"I was very happy because I have such respect for Dave," O'Brien said. "I'm glad that it's the right person getting it."

O'Brien, who has appeared as a guest on Letterman's show, said he's excited to see the "Colbert Report" host tackle the "Late Show," but he definitely didn't apply for the gig.

"Whenever I would hear there was speculation (that I'd take over the 'Late Show'), I was like, 'No. What?' I'm happy," said O'Brien, whose TBS talk show has been renewed through November 2015. "I get to do what I want."



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droid wrote:
Kudos to Conan for calling a spade a spade. Stephen Colbert was the best candidate for the job, and TBS gives O'Brien the flexibility he feels is both comfortable and necessary to his own style. Speculators need to realize that David Letterman OWNED his own show, so whoever succeeds him will have much more stringent limitations on what are and are not allowed to do. That is, of course, unless CBS decides to resign Worldwide Pants (Letterman's company).
on April 12,2014 | 02:39AM
bully106 wrote:
don't like conan but he was nice to say this about colbert. would have loved to see jon stewart take over letterman though.
on April 12,2014 | 10:09AM
waikiicapt wrote:
Colbert isn't funny. Believe me I've tried to watch that guy. He's funny to liberals that watch him, but only because he parodies and spoofs conservatives. Yea, I get it. But what few know or are aware of is that Les Moonves (President of CBS)has stated that Colbert will be "himself" and not the 'character' he plays on his show now. So the audience will see a different Colbert than they do now. He's destined to fail miserably. Yes, he is the best replacement for Letterman. Another flaming liberal who used to be very funny, but his emotional political bent and grumpy old man persona has caused his ratings to tumble last many years. Colbert will follow in this trend. Sorry, but middle America (those that watch broadcast TV) is not blue. They are red conservatives. the Colbert show will be a miserable failure. It's what they deserve....if you don't serve your audience.
on April 12,2014 | 10:15AM
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