Conan O’Brien plays daredevil in the new Rolling Stone, hanging off the side of a helicopter for the cover shot.
Inside, he talks about how losing “The Tonight Show” made it seem like “I’d just been in a car accident.”
O’Brien, whose TBS show “Conan” premieres Nov. 8, gives the events of January one last going-over in the RS story, which hits newsstands on Friday (Oct. 29). As for the car-wreck idea, he says he felt “like a crazy mix of elation, anger, sorrow. Confusion was a big one.”
The Internet groundswell, the live tour and the TBS deal came along soon after that, and now he’s on the verge of returning to late-night TV. And, potential intellectual property claims from NBC aside, he wants to bring a bunch of his familiar comedy bits with him.
“If there’s something we did for a long time that we’ve established as ours, we’ll figure out a way to do it,” he says. “I won’t be denied my Masturbating Bear!
“What I really want to do is be sued over the bear and then appear in court with the Masturbating Bear. ‘Your Honor, this bear can’t help himself!'”
Rolling Stone also shot some video of O’Brien’s cover shoot. Take a look:
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