On Friday, after reading a barrage of quotes from Conan O’Brien’s upcoming 60 Minutes interview, I began to worry our favorite quirky late-night talk show host might be painted as a victim following the segment. But it’s all about delivery, folks — what looked like victimization on paper actually turned out to be an honest conversation about a tough situation on television. In other words, my fears melted away upon actually watching O’Brien talk to Steve Kroft last night. Like my colleague Dan Snierson so eloquently put it, O’Brien came off as vulnerable, but still didn’t abandon that trademark wit that has attracted audiences to him since day 1. He was frank, but also fervent in his claim that he’ll be okay — even if he seemed to be missing a twinkle in his eye. (Who else felt like giving him a hug after the segment?)
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