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Wanda Sykes weighs in on Conan and President Obama

Three weeks after going on "The Jay Leno Show" -- in the midst of The Great NBC Late Night Disaster that pit Leno against Conan O'Brien -- and asking Leno if the whole network was "on medical marijuana," Fox late night show host Wanda Sykes went all coy and insisted she had to be Switzerland on the subject.

"Why do I have to pick a side?" the comedian demanded, when asked by WaPo TeamTV Conan O'Brien Career Trajectory correspondent Emily Yahr if she had joined Team Coco. (Conan's reps are in talks with Sykes' home Fox about moving his late night self over to that network).

"I like both of these guys."

Sykes, on the call to promote the fact that "The Wanda Sykes Show" just returned with new episodes, also responded to questions about her appearance on Bill Maher's HBO late night show "Real Time With Bill Maher" last Friday. In conversation with Maher about President Obama's first year in office, she said, "It's because he's a black president that all this [expletive] and all this divisiveness is going on." Later, she added, "These people out there in the far right, they're crazy. I'm sorry --they're crazy!"

"The point I was making is that okay, obviously, we're not talking about the majority of the country because we elected Barack Obama," Sykes said, when a reporter on the call asked her to "fine tune" the comments she made about conservatives. "But I believe there's this faction, this extreme right and they just can't get over the point of having a black president."

Anyway, getting back to the Conan query, Sykes said it would be "really cool" to have Conan come to Fox.

Then, Sykes then dusted off the gag she used so long ago on the now defunct "The Jay Leno Show":

"It's a couple of rich guys fighting over a job that they really don't have control over," she said.

Da dum dum.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 23, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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