What, did you expect him to come out guns a-blazin'?
That's not Conan O'Brien's style! The always cool funnyman took to his Tonight Show stage Friday, and after avoiding the topic of NBC's controversial choice to stand by former late-night host Jay Leno on Thursday, gave his first public reaction:
"A lot of rumors swirling around about the Tonight Show, The Jay Leno Show, and the rest of NBC's late-night line-up, and there's a lot of speculation out there," O'Brien explained before kindly giving us his version of what's what, including a few scenarios we hadn't heard just yet:
"Jay and I are quitting both of our shows, and starring in a new buddy cop drama called Coco and The Chin. And Jay and I will be joining the cast of Jersey Shore as a new character called 'The Awkward Situation,'" he laughed.
But leave it to Conan to zing NBC the best way he knows how. In what he calls the most "appealing proposition" he's heard so far, O'Brien jabs: "NBC is going to throw me and Jay in a pit with sharpened sticks. The one who crawls out alive gets to leave NBC."
Not a formal statement yet, but we catch his drift.
(Originally published Jan. 9, 2010 at 7:52 a.m. PT)