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Ricky Gervais, Rosie O'Donnell rooting for Conan O'Brien

[This entry was updated]

Pretty much anyone who has come to Winter TV Press Tour 2010 pitching this and that has been asked their thoughts on the NBC Late Night Kerfuffle. HBO stars appear to be of the Conan O'Brien camp, as opposed to Jay Leno's.

RIcky Gervais, for instance, was asked when he was going to finally get a "decent chat show" on U.S. television.

"I tell you what. I was on a decent chat show last night," Gervais says.

"I thought Conan was amazing. I thought that monologue he did, under the circumstances, was one of the funniest, most biting monologues I've seen on a chat show for years."

Gervais had been a guest on Conan's "The Tonight Show" Wednesday night when Conan had said, among other things, "hosting 'The Tonight Show' has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. And I just want to say to the kids out there watching: you can do anything you want in life unless Jay Leno wants to do it to." (Embedded below)

Rosie O'Donnell, who appeared during HBO's chunk of tour time to talk about her latest HBO documentary, "A Family Is a Family Is a Family," said hosting "The Tonight Show" was like driving a bus. No, seriously -- she did.

One TV critic, or maybe it was a blogger, or possibly a reporter, wondered if she could see herself doing latenight because "There are no women hosting late night talk shows" which is probably news to Wanda Sykes.

Anyway, the critic asks, "Could you see yourself one day following Conan on Fox?"

"That question today is like asking if I would like to vacation in Haiti," O'Donnell says.

Then she doesn't address the question about following Conan on Fox, but talks about Conan on NBC, because she wants to get it off her chest:

"I am a huge fan of Conan O'Brien and that's a franchise that has been 60 years with NBC. And if you're privileged enough to [be asked] to drive the bus, you should say 'thank you' and drive it to the best of your ability. And when it's time for them to hire a new driver, you should say, 'Thank you for allowing me to drive this for as long as I did' and pass the keys to the new guy with red hair and not try to flatten his tires before he even gets going," she says.

Unfortunately, no one in the room asked her how she thought Jay Leno had had the time to flatten Conan O'Brien's tires when he was so busy flattening his own on his primetime bus, so it will remain a mystery.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 15, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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