LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 host of TBS’ “Conan” said he believes Stephen Colbert is the right person to take over “The Late Show” from Letterman.
The funnyman made the comments backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing as host for Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
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 seven months beginning in 2009 before Leno was reinstated as host in 2010.