Conan O’Brien hit the airwaves last night, welcoming viewers to what he called his “second annual first show.”
Kicking off his new TBS talk show, the late night funnyman offered a simple explanation for why he named the show “Conan.” He says he did it so he’d be harder to replace. In his first monologue for his new series, the former NBC peronality joked that he had dreamed of being a talk show host on basic cable ever since he was 46 and later took a jab at his old network. He said, quote, “It’s not easy doing a late-night show on a channel without a lot of money and that people have trouble finding. That’s why I left NBC.”
But not everyone was laughing along with him. Critics were quick to take aim. “USA Today” even went so far as to issue a warning to O’Brien, calling on him to stop with all the jokes about losing his former job. As the paper pointed out, “He’s made millions. He’ll make millions.” It continued on with a direct request for O’Brien to, quote, “Stop crying on the national shoulder,” adding, “Unlike many Americans, you’ve got a job. Get on with it.”
Conan O’Brien’s Los Angeles-based “Conan” will air four days a week, from Monday through Thursday, at 11:00 pm Eastern on TBS.
To learn more KXNT Morning News spoke to Jon Friedman, MaketWatch.com Media Columnist.