Leno’s successor began his reign as the new host of “The Tonight Show” on Monday.
Wired “PR News – Comedic talk show host Conan O’Brien made his debut as the new host of “The Tonight Show” on Monday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), featured on O’Brien’s first episode were comedy skits about his big move and superstar guests such as Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam.
O’Brien is quoted by the AP as humorously stating in his opening monologue, “I think I’ve timed this move perfectly… I’m on a last-place network, I moved to a state that’s bankrupt and ‘The Tonight Show’ is sponsored by General Motors.” He is further quoted as remarking, “I remember watching Johnny Carson when I was a kid and thinking: That’s what I want to be when I grow up… I’m sure right now in America there is likely a kid watching me, thinking: ‘What is wrong with that man’s hair?”
O’Brien previously hosted another NBC nighttime talk program, “Late Night,” for 17 years.