Conan O'Brien on '60 Minutes': NBC relationship turned 'toxic'

conan-obrien-60-minutes.jpgConan O'Brien may not be able to host a TV show until September, but the media blackout on him doing televised interviews will end in a just a couple of days.

O'Brien talks with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft on Sunday (May 2) in his first interview since leaving NBC and "The Tonight Show" in January. Three guesses as to what the major topic of discussion is.

O'Brien says that the circumstances that led to his departure from NBC -- poor ratings for both Jay Leno's prime-time show and O'Brien's "Tonight Show," followed by an 11th-hour plan to move O'Brien back to midnight -- convinced him that his days at the network were numbered. "I think this relationship is going be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways," he says, according to a teaser CBS distributed on Thursday. "That's really how it felt to me ... and I started to feel that I'm not sure these people even really want me here."

He also tells Kroft that had his and Leno's roles been reversed, he wouldn't have agreed to take the 11:30 p.m. timeslot back. "He went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know -- I know me, I wouldn't have done that," O'Brien says. "If I had surrendered 'The Tonight Show' and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well -- and then six months later. ... But that's me, you know. Everyone's got their own, you know, way of doing things."

The full interview will be on "60 Minutes" at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

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