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.