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CBS' "60 Minutes" snags Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien can now add "appearing on broadcast TV's oldest skewing TV show" to that career plan of his that's working so perfectly.

CBS news announced Tuesday it had snagged the first interview with the former NBC late-night host, airing Sunday on its venerable newsmag "60 Minutes."

Conan is not allowed to appear on TV through the end of this month - that's Friday - per terms of his multi-million-dollar exit deal with NBC.

CBS News announced Tuesday Coco has been interviewed by Steve Kroft for Sunday's broadcast. Until Saturday, the network cannot show clips of Conan from that interview in its promos.

Even after the end of this month, Conan is not allowed to disparage NBC on TV. That is, if he does not want to forfeit that cushy NBC severance package, valued at more than $30 million. Conan walked from NBC after declining to host a "Tonight Show" moved to midnight to make way for a half-hour version of "The Jay Leno Show" that was going to be moved out of primetime and would start at 11:35 p.m. - "The Tonight Show's" traditional start time. When Conan refused to host the show with the later start time, NBC asked Leno to return to "Tonight."

Technically, Conan could show up on TV Saturday, in advance of his "60 Minutes" interview, but his options seem limited.

Saturday's "Dateline" is obviously out, as is "Saturday Night Live," what with both shows airing on NBC. Wanda Syke's Saturday late-night talk show also seems unlikely, given that Conan and his reps flirted with Fox executives before suddenly jumping into the open arms of TBS, signing a deal to host a late night talk show for the cable network, much to the surprise of those Fox suits who had been trying to warm local Fox station suits to the idea of a Coco show at 11 p.m. weeknights.

"In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly," Conan said the day TBS announced it had secured him for its lineup.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 27, 2010; 7:43 PM ET
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When I saw the headline I was hoping that Conan was replacing Andy Rooney. Oh well.

Posted by: RiptideFurse | April 28, 2010 4:52 AM | Report abuse

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