Entertainment behind the scenes
On Conan O’Brien’s second night hosting “The Tonight Show,” his coveted new assignment, received a nod from none other than President Barack Obama, who gave a tongue-in-cheek shout out to the pompadoured comedian.
It came in the form of an ironic answer to a joke question that NBC newsman Brian Williams asked Obama during an interview on the eve of the president’s trip to the Middle East. O’Brien aired the exchange on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night, starting with Williams’ question.
“I couldn’t help but notice, your trip this week coincides with Conan O’Brien’s first week on the air,” Williams said to Obama in the video. ”Is it because of that or were there considerations perhaps that you almost canceled to stay and watch his first week as host of the ‘Tonight Show’?”
Obama countered in a deadpan tone.
“This is something we’ve discussed several times in the Oval Office, how to manage this transition between Leno and Conan, and I think he’s up to the task,” Obama said. ”But I just want him to know that there’s not going to be any bailout coming from Washington if he screws it up.”