In his "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, filmed in part in Seattle, Conan O'Brien responded to Steve Kroft's queries about his Tonight Show firing and "miserable"

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Conan's 'Miserable' Life: Laugh to Avoid Crying


In his "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, filmed in part in Seattle, Conan O'Brien responded to Steve Kroft's queries about his Tonight Show firing and "miserable" days thereafter, a time that O'Brien's wife Liza O'Brien of Seattle said was "really hard for him. It was watching someone's heart get broken." A few sad snippets:

Jay Leno sounded like a creep...

Conan: "If I had surrendered 'The Tonight Show' and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well and then, I don't, would not have come back six months later. But that's me, you know. Everyone's got their own way of doing things."

But good on Conan, he held his chin up...

"I'm sorry. Jay's got 'The Tonight Show.' I have a beard and an inflatable bat. And I'm touring city to city. Who can say who won and who lost? I'm laughing 'cause crying would be sad."

Then he began his recovery period...

"I went through some stuff. And I got very depressed at times. It was like a marriage breaking up suddenly, violently, quickly. And I was just trying to figure out what happened. When we started putting this tour together, I started to feel better almost immediately. And then there is almost no better antidote to what I've just been through than to do this every night."

With no hard feelings...

"You know at some point I'm sure I'm gonna bump into these people. And, you know, I'm not sure we're gonna...have our arms around each other and drinking beer and singing old Irish fight songs. 'Cause I don't think they know any. But you know, I wish - this is gonna sound crazy - I do wish these people well."

And now, the stirring comeback...

"It's crucial to me that anyone seeing this take - they take anything away from this it's I'm fine. I'm doing great. I hope people still find me comedically absurd and ridiculous. And I don't regret anything."

You gotta feel for anyone who lost their job. Thank god he got that national comedy tour, a new TV show, priceless publicity, and that $30 million to tide him over. Laugh, because crying would be stupid.

 
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