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David Letterman, Conan O'Brien Bash Jay Leno on "Late Show"

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien made his first appearance in 13 years.  O'Brien's short-lived stint as host of NBC's The Tonight Show, and his ouster in favor of Jay Leno were topics of discussion.

Letterman has exhibited somewhat harsh feelings for Leno for what happened to O'Brien and himself.  Letterman was famously skipped over by NBC when Johnny Carson retired from The Tonight Show in 1992.  Leno got the job and that damaged the relationship between the two late night hosts. 

It seems Leno's situation with O'Brien brought up some old feelings for Letterman.

When O'Brien first came out and sat down, he and Letterman didn't say anything to each other, but just smiled. 

Finally, Letterman blurted out, "I think the longer we just sit here, the more uncomfortable it will make Jay."

O'Brien laughed, and said, "You know Jay's watching," and then, imitating Leno said, "Dave doesn't look happy...I think he's gonna pack it in, soon."

During the lengthy segment, Letterman said he's known Leno since the 1970s when they were both young comics in Los Angeles, and remembered Leno being "the funniest guy...the guy you always wished you could be."

However, Letterman quickly added, "He was also a bit of a brat." 

Letterman told O'Brien that when the O'Brien/Tonight Show mess happened he thought to himself, "Oh, there's the Jay I know."

O'Brien stepped down as host of The Tonight Show in January 2010, and was soon replaced by Leno, after Leno's primetime talk show was canned.  Letterman recalled relishing the criticism Leno got at the time from other comics who rallied to O'Brien's side.

Letterman told O'Brien, "I was delighted by everything that happened -- except you losing your job...I refer to that period as the golden age of broadcasting."

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Conan O'Brien to Appear on David Letterman's Show Next Week

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman will welcome his one-time Late Night replacement, Conan O'Brien, onto his CBS program next week.

O'Brien, who hosts his own late-night show on TBS, will drop by CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, May 17.  This will be the first time he's appeared on the Late Show since 1999.

O'Brien replaced Letterman as the host of NBC's Late Night in 1993.  He hosted Late Night until 2009, then had a brief, ill-fated run as host of The Tonight Show.

Jimmy Fallon is the current host of Late Night.

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Will Conan Perform Gay Wedding During NYC Stint?

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- To commemorate his week-long return to New York City next week, Conan O'Brien is apparently looking to celebrate one of the Big Apple's latest attractions: legal same-sex marriage. New York magazine's Vulture website reports the talk show host will officiate the marriage of one of his longtime male staffers and his partner as part of one of the shows that will be shot at New York City's historic Beacon Theatre.

This would be the first same-sex marriage to be featured on a late night show, but at least one other talk show wedding made television history. On December 17, 1969, the late entertainer Tiny Tim married Victoria Mae Budinger -- aka "Miss Vicki" -- on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The installment drew a massive audience: 21.4 million viewers.

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Seth Rogen Marries

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(SONOMA COUNTY, Calif.) -- Seth Rogen tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, actress and writer Lauren Miller, in Sonoma Country, Calif. on Sunday, according to People magazine. Rogen’s comedy cronies Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler and Paul Rudd were reportedly in attendance.

Rogen, 29, and Miller, 30, started dating in 2004. Rogen revealed his outlandish proposal on Conan O’Brien’s late night show last November, saying he had grand plans to pop the question but discovered that Miller was topless when the time came.

“She was in our closet, changing, and she was literally only in her underpants,” Rogen said on Conan. “I had already kind of started [to propose]...I didn’t picture it like this, and I know she didn’t picture it like this.”

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Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams & More to Appear on 'Sesame Street'

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nicole Kidman, Seth Rogen, and Emma Stone are among the many celebrities who will drop by Sesame Street during the upcoming 42nd season of the PBS children's series. reports a total of nearly 40 stars have been lined up to make appearances on Sesame Street this year, including actors like Kidman, Rogen, Stone, Mila Kunis, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, George Lopez and Craig Ferguson, musicians Elvis Costello, Bruno Mars and Jay Sean, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The new season of Sesame Street will also feature parodies of Glee and the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

PBS will begin airing the new episodes on Sept. 26.

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Tina Fey, Your Boss?! American Workers Say 'Yes, Please'

All Goldstein/NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- American workers don’t have a say in who their boss is, but if given the opportunity, a majority would pick Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, from NBC’s 30 Rock.

Conan O’Brien was the second most popular choice for a fun boss, followed by actor Steve Carell’s character, Michael Scott, the boss on NBC’s The Office.

The findings come from a survey of 1,000 people commissioned by the Nestle food company.

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Conan O'Brien Returns to TV with 'Conan' Debut on TBS

Photo Courtesy - TeamCoco [dot] com(BURBANK, Calif.) -- After months of speculation and weeks of hype, Monday night saw the debut of Conan, Conan O'Brien's new TBS late-night show.  And if last night's premiere was any indication, Team Coco is definitely on a mission to turn up the fun.

The show began with a recorded sketch that chronicled what O'Brien's been up to since he left NBC and The Tonight Show early this year.  The sketch started with O'Brien refusing NBC's offer to move The Tonight Show to midnight, after which he survived a Sonny Corleone Godfather-like assassination attempt.

He then moved on to interview for a job at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce with Mad Men's Jon Hamm, followed by short-lived stints at Burger King and as a clown at a kid's birthday party.  After considering suicide, an angelic Larry King told him to go to basic cable.  At TBS, O'Brien was handed an offer that read "Much Less," but took it nonetheless.

Following the opening sketch, O'Brien emerged to a two-minute standing ovation, ending with him cracking, "That lasted longer than my last job."

During his monlogue, he addressed his jump to TBS by saying, "It's not easy doing a late-night show, on a channel without a lot of money, that viewers have trouble finding.  So that's why I left NBC."

O'Brien's very first guest was a walk-on by Arlene Wagner from the Leavenworth, Washington Nutcracker Museum, who won an online fan poll to score the honor.  Other guests included Seth Rogan, Glee's Lea Michele, and Jack White, who teamed with the host for a cover of Eddie Cochran's "20 Flight Rock."  Andy Richter again acted as O'Brien's announcer and sidekick.

Perhaps most important to Conan followers, his premiere edged out Jay Leno in the ratings with 4.2 million viewers, compared to Leno's 3.5 million.

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What Really Went Down During the Conan vs. Leno Brawl

Photo Courtesy - Jim Smeal/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- We all saw it play out during the dawn of 2010: Conan O'Brien vs. Jay Leno, the no-holds-barred, on-air battle royale that turned the realm of late-night TV into something more like a WWE wrestling ring.

But you don't know the half of it.

Bill Carter's new book, The War for Late Night, reveals what happened behind the scenes, the expletives that were hurled during closed-door discussions and the roller coaster that O'Brien, Leno, and their cohorts rode during that tumultuous time. Carter, the television reporter for The New York Times, also drops little-known tidbits about late-night TV's stars, such as Leno wears Payless shoes and David Letterman's staff thinks he needs mental help. He also uncovers who these men are when they're not slinging the jokes that put Americans to bed at night.

Of course, the war's only just begun. Monday's release of Carter's book coincides with the debut of O'Brien's new late-night show on TBS, a potential battering ram to the other network's post-11:00 p.m. offerings.

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Conan O'Brien's TBS Talk Show Premieres Monday Night 

Photo Courtesy - TeamCoco [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- Conan O'Brien's 10-month hiatus from late-night TV comes to an end Monday night.  Following a successful comedy tour -- not to mention countless TV commercials and Internet videos promoting his new talk show -- O'Brien launches his TBS program, Conan, at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The celebrity guests will be Seth Rogen, Glee actress Lea Michele and The White Stripes frontman Jack White.

None of those stars will be the first guest to appear on the show, however.  That honor, according to, belongs to Arlene Wagner, the curator of a nutcracker museum in Washington State.  She's the winner of an online poll that asked fans to choose the first guest.  Wagner beat out the likes of Jack Nicholson, Lady Gaga and the pope.

After less than eight months as host of The Tonight Show, O'Brien and NBC went their separate ways in January, allowing Jay Leno to return to late-night TV on the network after an ill-fated run in primetime.

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Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien to Go at It Again

Photo Courtesy - Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesInstead of just Conan, maybe the new show should be called Conandy.  E! Online reports Andy Richter will return as the sidekick when Conan O'Brien's new late night show, Conan, premieres Nov. 8 on TBS.

Richter released a statement saying, "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."

O'Brien reacted to Richter's news by joking, "This decision was made without my authority.  I will get to the bottom of this." 

Richter, who started out with O'Brien on Late Night before leaving for several years, reunited with O'Brien during his stint on The Tonight Show.

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