You may recall that ON THE AIR first broke the news that Conan O’Brien was free to start talking to the press — and appearing in on-camera interviews — on May 1.
Details are sketchy at the moment, as CBS can’t even start promoting the on-camera interview — or, at least, O’Brien’s part of it — until May 1. But it appears that Kroft’s team has taped some of Conan’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour for the piece. O’Brien is also still limited in what he can say about NBC (per his exit package) — but in his stage show, comes right to the edge of what’s likely permissible.
I had thought that perhaps George Lopez’s “Lopez Tonight” would land one of the first sit-downs — and perhaps Lopez will still be the first chat show to score O’Brien, once he’s ready to do something beyond a news interview.