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Since 1993, Conan O’Brien fans had to come to New York City to see their favorite comedian host Late Night in person, and (starting in 2009) to Burbank if they wanted to see him host The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. But now that O'Brien’s left NBC so that Jay Leno can reclaim his Tonight Show hosting role, late night’s favorite redhead may be bringing his act to a theater near you.
O’Brien’s much-publicized separation agreement with NBC prevents him from making TV appearances before Sept. 1 of this year –- but luckily for his fans, O’Brien, 46, is researching other ways to remain in the public eye. According to the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog, his reps have been developing a stage show that combines the best-loved parts of his TV act with “new stage elements.” (We’re not sure what “new stage elements” are, exactly -- could be anything from pyrotechics to an elaborate tap-dance number -- but they’ve got our attention!) Reportedly, the show may tour internationally, in addition to appearing in large theaters across the U.S. “like Radio City Music Hall in New York.” Which, incidentally, is just across the street from his old workplace at 30 Rock. Awkward!
Here’s our favorite detail, though: O’Brien’s new show will employ many staff members (including writers and musicians) who lost their jobs when the host left The Tonight Show. Nice to see a big-name celebrity looking out for his friends.
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