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VIDEO: Welcome Back Conan – O’Brien Sizzles In Late Night Return

Conan O’Brien roared back into late night Monday with the debut of his new TBS show Conan, eight months after his well-publicized, nasty split from NBC and The Tonight Show.

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The red-headed funnyman, flanked by his trusty right-hand man Andy Richter, addressed the severance with the Peacock Network in both a skit and his monologue, joking he named the new show Conan “so [he’d] be harder to replace.

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“It’s not easy doing a late-night show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding — so that’s why I left NBC,” the 47-year-old comic said. “I’ve dreamed of being a talk-show host on basic cable ever since I was 46.”

On the program, O’Brien proved his previous “no actors as guests” edict was a hoax, as he welcomed Seth Rogen, Glee‘s Lea Michele and celebrated guitarist Jack White on as guests.

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O’Brien hosted NBC’s The Tonight Show until this past January, when poor ratings and company politics led NBC to replace him with the man he’d replaced less than a year before, Jay Leno.

Conan airs on weeknights on TBS at 11/10c, with Lopez Tonight following at 12/11c.

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