CBS News released an excerpt from 60 Minutes‘ interview with Conan O’Brien, which airs on Sunday. In the portion of the transcript made public, O’Brien talks about Jay Leno and NBC.
“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 said of Leno. “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.”
As for his decision to leave NBC, “I think this relationship is going be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways,” he said. “I started to feel that I’m not sure these people even really want me here.”