Conan O'Brien has promised that he will use characters on his new TBS talkshow that were originated during his stints as host of NBC's Late Night and The Tonight Show.
The comic told Rolling Stone that he would be pleased if NBC tried to sue him over intellectual property rights regarding popular characters such as the Masturbating Bear, Pimpbot 5000, and Preparation H Raymond.
"If there's something we did for a long time that we've established as ours, we'll figure out a way to do it," he said. "I won't be denied my Masturbating Bear!"
He continued: "What I really wanna do is be sued over the bear and then appear in court with the Masturbating Bear. 'Your Honour, this bear can't help himself!'"
O'Brien previously admitted that he was shell-shocked following his sacking as host of NBC's Tonight Show in January.
and speaking of his rolling stone interview...
In July, shortly after his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour wrapped up, Conan O'Brien began visiting the set of his new talk show, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. For various reasons, the show had not been staffed yet, nor had the set been built, so on those days, O'Brien would occasionally pause en route to his office and stand alone in a giant, empty warehouse. As career meta phors go, one could do worse: At least the warehouse wasn't on fire, or dripping blood from the ceiling, or filled, floor to rafters, with an existentially crushing number of identical wooden crates, like the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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