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TBS confirms Andy Richter’s return to ‘Conan’

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We already knew this — Andy Richter himself has said that he’d be involved in Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show — but the cabler has now made it official.

One of the longest running teams in late-night television will again take the stage together as Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter join forces on Conan, which premieres Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS.

A collaboration that began Sept. 13, 1993, O’Brien and Richter have developed a comedic chemistry that few performers have achieved. Through two late-night franchises and the recently concluded The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, Richter has been a consistent asset to O’Brien.

Andy Richter stated, “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.”

Conan O’Brien added, “This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this.”

Of course, Andy told Variety back in June that he would be a part of the “Conan” crew on TBS.

“I’m doing the TBS Conan show because I went back to work for Conan on ‘The Tonight Show,'” Richter said at the time. “But that story ended unnaturally.”

Here’s what we wrote at the time:

Richter served as O’Brien’s sidekick on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 2000. After that, Richter left to pursue acting, landing critically acclaimed but little-seen shows like “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.”

When Richter was named O’Brien’s announcer on the new “Tonight Show” in 2009, it was hyped as a big late-night reunion.

“There was a notion of stability” to the “Tonight Show” gig, said Richter, who was expecting a steady paycheck for at least a decade. But when O’Brien and NBC abruptly parted ways in January, that idea was shattered.

“I didn’t want them to end that story of me and Conan getting back together,” said Richter. “I had come back to work with a friend.”

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