Conan O'Brien's talk with Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" airs tonight on CBS. We've already shown you a teaser – here are some more early tidbits:
O'Brien on how he has been since going off the air:
"I went through some stuff. And I got very depressed at times. It was like a marriage breaking up suddenly, violently, quickly. And I was just trying to figure out what happened. When we started putting this tour together, I started to feel better almost immediately. …"
On the possibility that, after taking over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno, NBC might reverse its decision:
"I'm a paranoid person. And I think … I'm the kind of person that can come up with lots of negative scenarios. But I remembered thinking that seemed like … that was a stretch even for me."
On his reaction to NBC telling him it was putting Leno back in latenight:
"It just felt like the tone went very quickly from, 'Take your time, we understand this is a tough decision,' to (snaps his fingers) you know, 'Let's go.' And that probably helped me a little bit feel like, 'You know what? This environment doesn't feel right and I've been with these people a long time. And I don't like – I really don't like the way this is going. And when it started to get toxic and I started to feel that I'm not sure these … people even really want me here. Let's just – let's just – I can't do it."
Wife Liza O'Brien on how Conan reacted:
"This was just really, really hard for him. It – it was watching someone's heart get broken."
Conan, on whether Leno has reached out to him:
On NBC's comments that choosing Leno over O'Brien was a business decision affected by the penalty the network would have had to pay Leno:
"Uh huh, yeah. So if you look at it that way and you’re working at say, I don’t know, General Electric and you tell them, 'Uh you know there’s this to make that guy go away or there’s this, uh, that decision’s probably pretty clear. And, uh, I think in my gut I honestly believe everybody knows, that’s what happened. They did what they had to do and OK, I get it. And the only thing I take exception to is subsequently people saying, 'Well, you know, Conan was losing money and you know actually he was murdering cats…'"