Just because he pitches for the losing team doesn't mean Lorne Michaels doesn't cheer for his former players.
The Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer may work for NBC, but he feels his past employee, Conan O'Brien, is "just brilliant" and has an "amazing character," he told the Hollywood Reporter.
After early struggles, Conan prevailed, "and I'm sure he will again," Michaels said.
He also agrees with Howard that Conan did "not necessarily" have the best of lead-ins following Leno's 10 p.m. spot, but thinks some of the issue may stem from promising the red-head the gig so far in advance.
"You can't tells someone that you want to stay married for five years" and then get a divorce, he said.