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After months of anticipations, Conan O'Brien brought his unique hair and comedic style to TBS last night. Among the highlights on the debut of Conan:

  • Monologue jokes that included shots at NBC - "I'm going to be honest: 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." - and even his new employer:

"This is an exciting night. I'm glad to be on cable - truth is, I've dreamed of being a talk show host on basic cable ever since I was 46... And things are going well already. I'm happy to report that we're already number-one in TBS's key demographic: people who can't afford HBO."

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  • A new set that featured a full moon and an ocean view, the former of which Conan could move around with a remote control.
  • Seth Rogen as a guest, talking about proposing to a topless Lauren Miller and joking that he placed the ring on her nipple.
  • Lea Michele as another guest, saying of her scandalous GQ pictorial: "We were just having fun."

Did you watch the premiere of Conan? What did you think?

 

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In November, Conan O'Brien will return to late night with a talk show on TBS.

For now, though, he's continuing to go across the country with his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.

It stopped in Radio City Music Hall last night, and audience members were treated to the funniest dance-off since Step Up 2: The Streets. Who did O'Brien go up against? The Comedy Central duo of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.

When all was said and done, one man lay dying on the floor, while another asked for his time slot...

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It's been a good couple weeks for Conan O'Brien:

He's landed on his funny feet at TBS, and he's been named the second most influential artist on the planet.

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This Sunday on 60 Minutes, meanwhile, the comedian will speak in depth for the first time on the decision by NBC to toss him aside as host of The Tonight Show and replace him with Jay Leno, who was all too happy to take back the gig.

Would Conan have done the same thing in Jay's place?

"He went and took that show back, and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know - I know me, I wouldn't have done that," O’Brien says. "If I had surrendered The Tonight Show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well - and then... six months later. But that's me. Everyone's got their own way of doing things."

A classy individual, as evidenced by this statement he released in the middle of the late-night mess, Conan continued to emphasize that he could only speak for himself, refusing to completely lay into Leno.

As for why he left NBC, O'Brien remembers thinking "this relationship is going be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways.

"That's really how it felt to me... and I started to feel that I'm not sure these people even really want me here ... I can't do it [anymore]."

While we appreciate how mature and professional Conan has been throughout this ordeal, we're also glad David Letterman is around - to basically be the exact opposite.

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Time Magazine has come out with its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

It's divided into four categories (Leaders, Heroes, Thinkers and Artists), although we have no idea how Sarah Palin ended up in the number-nine slot as a "Leader." What does she lead, exactly? Whatever organization pays her the most money to speak at its event?

But anyway.

Lady GaGa is considered the most influential artist on the planet, with Conan O'Brien ranking second. Also in the top 10: Oprah, Taylor Swift and Robert Pattinson.

So Very Influential
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The magazine spoke to a number of people closely associated to these celebrities and received the following takes on them:

Cyndi Lauper on Lady GaGa: Lady Gaga's art captures the period we're in right now. She isn't a pop act, she is a performance artist. She herself is the art. She is the sculpture.

George Lopez on Conan O'Brien: Conan's tenacity and wit have been an inspiration to me on my own late-night show. I'm happy and proud that we'll be playing on the same team when he comes to basic cable.

Chris Weitz on Robert Pattinson: Rob is a reserved, bookish sort of specimen, a guy who'd rather spend the night at the corner table in the pub with friends — a bit of a weirdo, frankly, in the best sense.

For the complete list of influential artists, see below.

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Surprising news out of the world of television this afternoon:

Conan O'Brien is heading to TBS. Said the comedian in a statement:

"In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly."

The untitled talk show will debut in November. It will air Monday through Thursday and be followed by George Lopez's Lopez Tonight, which has averaged over 1.2 million viewers during its first season.

Ever since NBC totally screwed over Conan in January, insiders have assumed he'd end up on Fox. Tweeted the comic:

The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November! The bad news: I'll be playing Rudy on the all new Cosby Show.

This move ought to raise the profile of TBS, but the question remains: Will viewers shift to TBS along with O'Brien? You tell us...

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Resurgent Tonight Show host Jay Leno was recently asked to pose with a fan during a segment on the street, but it looks said fan had something up his sleeve.

Or on his hand. Sarah Palin style.

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Jay may have shamelessly ousted successor Conan O'Brien and muscled his way back into his old job at NBC, but the redhead's supporters have not forgotten.

Check out what this guy posted on Facebook. Hilarious:

COCO = Conan O'Brien. FTW = For the win. Special thanks to one of our interns for pointing these things out. Finally, we're getting our money's worth outta these kids.

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He's as free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot change.

Truer words have never been spoken, and early this morning, a departing Conan O'Brien spent the last few minutes of his Tonight Show tenure jamming with none other than Will Ferrell on the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd farewell ballad.

Here's Will, Conan and his band doing "Free Bird" ...

Conan's final episode was, in many ways, a somber one. He showed a picture of his staff and expounded on what hosting The Tonight Show meant to him.

"Every comedian dreams of hosting the Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret it," he said.

Refraining from any well-deserved NBC bashing (probably because of his contract buyout), he thanked the network for making his entire career possible.

He did needle NBC for building a $50 million studio for him just a year ago, suggesting alternate uses for it going forward: Site of Tiger Woods' mistresses 1st annual reunion, water park for Max Weinberg's illegitimate children, etc.

Oddly enough, after the Hope for Haiti Now benefit Friday, NBC chose to air Dateline at 10 p.m., rather than the Jay Leno Show, meaning the final night of Conan O'Brien's career at NBC was the only one in which he didn't have to follow Jay.

As for his next move?

"As I set off for exciting new career opportunities, I just want to make one thing clear to everyone listening out there: I will do nudity," Conan boasted.

Follow the jump for a montage of some of the best moments from The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, the finale of which came a decade too soon:

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While Conan O'Brien is officially leaving his dream job, the comedian does at least walk away with a heftier bank account and the support of fans around the nation.

Early today, O'Brien reached a deal with NBC to exit The Tonight Show. He pockets $32 million and arranged for $12 million more to go to his staff for severance.

“In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew, and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket," said O'Brien's agent. “Now he just wants to get back on the air as quickly as possible.”

The agreement between the host and the network includes a "non-disparagement clause." Therefore, Conan won't be able to bash NBC on the air anymore (but David Letterman will likely continue doing it for him).

O'Brien is also disallowed from signing with another network until September 1. His final Tonight Show, with guests Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell, airs tomorrow night.

To quote Rosie O'Donnell: the bully on the playground (aka Jay Leno) will take over the franchise again in early March.

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Wow. Someone is actually on Team Jay!

In an interview with The New York Times, NBC executive Dick Ebersol referred to Conan O'Brien's run on The Tonight Show as an "astounding failure" and said:

"I like Conan enormously personally. He was just stubborn about not being willing to broaden the appeal of his show."

Fair enough. But might a problem also have been related to NBC's unfair, ridiculous decision to air The Jay Leno Show at 10 p.m. every night? Also based in Los Angeles, that program siphoned A-listers from The Tonight Show because it aired first.

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Ebersol said he met with Conan three weeks prior to his move to 11:35 p.m. and urged him to alter his approach in order to reach more viewers, but the host refused. O'Brien's reps confirm that a meeting took place between the sides.

As for the shots David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and company are taking at Jay Leno?

"[It's] chicken-hearted and gutless to blame a guy you couldn't beat in the ratings," Ebersol told the newspaper. "They're just striking out at Jay. It seems like professional jealousy."

And that seems like complete and utter BS from a guy that's in charge of a dying network and desperate to defend his job.

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There's major irony in NBC's humiliating late-night TV controversy:

By running off Conan O'Brien, NBC has provided the comic with his best material in years. As a result, his ratings are rising and his popularity is soaring... just as he's about to leave the network. It's great.

Conan has held nothing back in his monologues and segments this week, letting his soon-to-be former bosses know exactly how he feels about their amateur handling of The Tonight Show. Last night, though, O'Brien let sidekick Andy Richter take the floor.

Richter stared into the camera and addressed the "TV industry" straight on, alerting it to his monetary woes as a result of (among other things), shelling out $400,000 on a Lutheran Bar Mitzvah for his nine-year old son.

Bottom line: Andy Richter really needs a job. Any job. Watch him hilariously plead for one below.

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