Finally, Conan O’Brien will once again grace our television screens this November 8th. TBS has released a new promo with clear British influences, showing the top half of O’Brien’s oversized noggin in a Monty Python-esque stop motion skit. The ginger comedian’s return to television has been highly anticipated since the Tonight Show debacle earlier this year. Check out the clip and a recap of how O’Brien got here after the jump.
In December of 2009, speculation arose that Conan O’Brien would be replaced due to low ratings only months after taking the show from Jay Leno. It was once rumored that Jerry Seinfeld might step into the late Johnny Carson’s shoes, but it quickly became apparent that NBC truly wanted Jay Leno to have his old time slot back. NBC made plans to move The Tonight Show back an hour and give Leno’s new talk show, The Jay Leno Show, O’Brien’s time slot.
O’Brien put his foot down and issued a statement saying that while he loved working on The Tonight Show, “I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.” The red haired host signed a contract with NBC to not make a televised appearance for a three month time period after leaving the network in addition to not hosting a competing show until after September 1st. For signing, he received a $33 million severance package with $12 million going to his staff. The “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour was launched while O’Brien decided where he was moving as a free agent.
Eventually settling on TBS, O’Brien’s show will bring back as many of its beloved sketches as it legally can. While he did get a good amount of ratings during the battle of the late night hosts, can he pull in those same viewers with a lead in from George Lopez?