Through all of the drama that has unfolded involving Conan O’Brien and NBC’s The Tonight Show, the light at the end of the tunnel was always where he would end up next. Second to that, we all wondered just how similar Conan’s new show would be to his old ones.
Lost in the talk show drama fire, we know that all of the crazy things that O’Brien created while at NBC — such as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, for example — are the property of the network and will not be used again. What NBC doesn’t own, however, are the human beings that have worked with Conan in the past, and one has been confirmed for the reunion.
It’s being reported that none other than Andy Richter will indeed join O’Brien on his new TBS show, titled Conan, when it debuts on November 8, 2010. Richter was a beloved member of Late Night with Conan O’Brien back in the good old days before he left the show to try out his acting chops. The duo reunited when Conan took over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno, but we all know how well that played out.
Speaking on the announcement, Richter said “I’m thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture on TBS. However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again.” Mr. O’Brien also chimed in on the big reveal of Richter’s involvement, saying “This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this.”
Conan O’Brien will be great in everything he does, but the fact of the matter is that Richter compliments him so perfectly. These two belong on the same show together, and having him on TBS will only help to ensure an endless supply of big laughs for we the fans…despite the fact that we know George Lopez is waiting in the shadows each night. Keep your finger on that remote control at show’s end.