Conan on “60 Minutes”

It’s May 1 — and Conan O’Brien is no longer “Legally Prohibited From Giving Interviews on Television.” (He’s still “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny,” of course — but that ban is lifted in September, in time for the November launch of his new TBS show.)

It took CBS no time to finally post a preview of O’Brien’s Sunday night “60 Minutes” interview.

According to CBS, O’Brien disagrees with NBC Universal chairman Jeff Zucker’s assessment that O’Brien had been rejected by viewers. “In my opinion, I don’t think that’s fair or accurate. But he’s entitled to his opinion. I think for anyone to say that the results were in after six months– that doesn’t ring true to me.”

O’Brien also tells Steve Kroft (who conducted the interview) that he refutes NBC’s charge that “Tonight Show” was losing money under O’Brien’s watch: “I honestly don’t see how that’s possible. It’s really not possible. It isn’t possible.”

More from Sunday’s interview, via CBS:

Regrets?

“I don’t regret anything. I don’t regret one decision I made in that week and a half period,” says the late night television comedian. “I wish it had ended differently. But, I’m fine. I do believe, and this might be my Catholic upbringing or Irish magical thinking, but I think things happen for a reason. I really do. And I think that this all happened for a reason,” he tells Kroft.

Was He Screwed? (I find it pretty funny that the venerable newsmagazine is now using the term "screwed.")

The biggest thing people come up and say to me in gas stations and restaurants, I have so many people say this to me. “Hey partner, you got screwed.” I don’t– and I always tell them, “No, I didn’t. I didn’t get screwed. I’m– I’m fine. It just– it didn’t work out.” But I don’t want people thinking, you know, that I got screwed. Because it just didn’t work out.

Resolved His Issues?

No, I have not resolved all my issues. I am mostly very happy. I love this tour, it’s the most thrilling thing I’ve done in my career. And so I’m in a really great place in a lot of ways. But I’d be lying if I said I don’t– have my moments of everything, you know, anger, disappointment– frustration and just confusion.

I’m guessing that beard is part of working through those issues. I’m assuming it’s shaved off before the start of the TBS show.

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