Conan Takes Over "The Tonight Show"

Conan O'Brien debuted as host of "The Tonight Show" Monday. He started his first monologue after a long filmed segment supposedly depicting him running from New York to Los Angeles.

He joins a line of predecessors Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno on television's most historic late-night

In his opening monologue, O'Brien said he remembered watching Carson as a youngster and saying that's what he wanted to do when
he grew up. Now, the red-haired O'Brien says he imagines somewhere
in America a kid is watching him and wondering, "what is wrong with that man's hair?"

He said the time of his move was perfect -- NBC is a last-place network, California is going bankrupt and "The Tonight Show" is sponsored by General Motors.

Watch some of Conan's first show.

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  • by leno rocks!! Location: chocowinity on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    yea my whole family isnt going to watch the tonight show anymore..they said they will just watch whatever leno goes to
  • by Delta Location: GREENVILLE on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    NBC made a huge mistakes giving up leno, why change something that was sucessful. Stupid move, these guys must have worked for GM as some point in their career.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    Haven't watched the Tonight Show since Johnny left.
  • by Leanna Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    He needs new material. I like him but I was disappointed. Maybe it was his nerves.

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