While some speculated that Conan O'Brien was up to replace David Letterman on the Late Show, the comedian has given his full support tonewly named host Stephen Colbert. In fact, O'Brien has revealed that he wasn't even in the running for the late-night gig.
"I'm very happy where I am," O'Brien told the Associated Press backstage during rehearsals for the MTV Movie Awards on Friday. "But I love Stephen. I think Stephen's great. I'm a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it's fantastic. I'm glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show."
O'Brien took over Late Night from Letterman in 1993 when the late-night staple moved to CBS to launch Late Show after NBC tapped Jay Leno instead to replace Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. O'Brien also notoriously succeeded Leno as host of The Tonight Show in 2009 before being pushed out and replaced by Leno seven months later. He then went on to land his own TBS talk show Conan, which has been renewed through November 2015.
"I was very happy because I have such respect for Dave," O'Brien added. "I'm glad that it's the right person getting it."