Conan O’Brien made a triumphant return to late-night TV Monday — in a manner of speaking.
George Lopez, whom Conan will bump from 11 p.m. to midnight come November, welcomed O’Brien to the TBS fold by opening “Lopez Tonight” with shots from Conan’s running-across-the-country “Tonight Show” opening, intercut with shots of Lopez running through L.A. and in front of fake backdrops. The bit ended with Lopez superimposing himself alongside O’Brien and the caption “November 2010.”
“I want to say this — I want to say that I am completely, 100 percent on board with this move,” Lopez said during his monologue. “I talked to Conan on Wednesday and I talked to him last night, and I said I welcome you into my deep, loving embrace.”
Later, Lopez took one of O’Brien’s signature “Late Night” bits and used it to “interview” his new colleague — or rather, talk to a still photo of O’Brien with someone else’s mouth doing the talking.
“We’re gonna be like a classic TV team,” fake Conan said. To which Lopez replied, “A Latino and a redhead — it’s worked before. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. … A same-sex Lucy and Ricky.” Fake Conan: “We got some ‘splaining to do!”
Take a listen to Lopez’s monologue from Monday night.
And here’s the running-men bit, followed by the fake interview.
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