Conan O’Brien Loves and Hates Being a Late Night Host


“It’s the yin-yang of it. My favorite part of the job is that we do one every day, and my least favorite part of the job is that we do one every day … It’s like magnets that are constantly attracted and repelled from each other. Going in every day is fantastic. You get this fresh shot, you can redefine your job every day. And then there are days when I’m talking to actors and they’re telling me about going to shoot a movie and then getting six weeks off. And I’m thinking, ‘What am I doing? I’m chained to my desk.’ You get this wanderlust. I want to get the hell out of there (sometimes) but I think if you sent me to Prague for three months I would build a talkshow desk and start calling the Wayans brothers and say ‘Get in here.’”

-Conan O’Brien in a Variety interview about being a late night host featuring him and Watch What Happens Live’s Andy Cohen, in which O’Brien and Cohen speak pretty candidly about the ins and outs of their respective jobs.