Conan O’Brien has spoken out about the cancellation of “Lopez Tonight.”
“Had it not been for George being so incredibly supportive of me a year-and-a-half ago, I would not have come to TBS and we would not be doing the show right now,” the late night host said on Wednesday’s “Conan.”
Lopez gave up his original 10 PM timeslot in November 2010 – moving “Lopez Tonight” to 11 PM — when O’Brien came to TBS following a timeslot dispute with Jay Leno and his departure from NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
“I owe that man a lot and frankly it makes me very sad that TBS and George could not work this out,” O’Brien continued. “I really like being part of a late night lineup with George and I wish that this could have continued. All of our thoughts are with George and his entire staff and crew we understand, believe me, how hard this is for all of you and we wish you all the best.”
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Despite his cancellation, Lopez kept his sense of humor on Wednesday’s show.
“Unemployment is at an all-time high and for Latinos it just got a little higher,” he joked during the show’s monologue. “Good news though, Sony is doing a sequel to ‘The Smurfs’ movie, so today I lost some work because I’m brown, but also I got some work because I’m blue.”
Adding, “It’s been great every night to work with the cast. We’re not saying goodbye, we’re saying cable doesn’t work.”
The last episode of “Lopez Tonight” is scheduled to air tonight.