February 25th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Conan O'Brien tweets a plea for help

Conan O'Brien

In our continued watch of "Celebrities Joining Twitter 2010," we've received word that the dolphin-smooching, out-of-work Conan O'Brien is the latest to sign up.

With the simple Twitter handle of "ConanOBrien," the former late night talk show host has tweeted just once, but already has more than 245,000 followers at the time of this posting.

O'Brien, who has laid fairly low since he left "The Tonight Show" in late January, informed Twitter users yesterday that he's exhibiting a few symptoms of withdrawal.

"Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial," he tweeted. "Somebody help me."

Even his bio is a characteristically self-deprecating: "I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account."

Filed under: Late Night comedy • television

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  1. Str8 Outta Tx

    my point exactly

    February 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jana


    February 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Str8 Outta Tx

    none of these guys who have been "newsworthy "lately are funny. they need to get a harmless hobby, such as cliffdiving, or maybe alligator wrestling.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. ironman1

    conhead even in is back yard the squirrel think his a bum and and gave him a crying towel and here stay in the house ur not funny conhead

    February 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. carlos

    jay Leno failled, i have never listen to him... He is anoying. rather to see Jay Leno retired.

    February 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jose

    Enough! Cry baby. Take your $ and go hide under a rock. Your are actually 4th place!

    February 25, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. babs

    He needs to grow up, and for all of his fans... his ratings were in the toilet.. and he was running the Tonight show into the ground. GET IT. He looks like Howdy Doooody without strings... and I think he can live on the millions he got. I don't think we all need to have a telethon for him... maybe he should try and get a real job. How about driving a cab, and maybe he can try his stand up comedy.

    February 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rebecca Bozeman


    Waiting for your return! Love your style! Georgiana, Alabama

    February 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yeah-right

    Pretty good chance the twitter account doesn't even belong to him.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CocoFan

    Why do people think he got 40 million. 12 million went to his staff and not even all his staff got paid either so Conan still comes out of pocket to give them money too and after taxes he still has more than 20 million of course but he actually got way less money than if they had to let Leno go.
    150 million to Let Leno go I hear and do you really think any of that money would have went to his staff?

    February 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. luvie

    I sure do miss watching you every night....I am hoping that you will get a new show on another network ..you are so funny

    February 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. boo-boo

    Sorry Conan, but i would rather lay in bed at night listening to Jay Leno than listening to you. I guess I just couldn't get your sense of humor.

    February 25, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. alumette

    Out of all these night dudes, my favorite is Letterman. He is poised, confident, gutsy and funny. I only watch on rare occasions and I change the channel if I don't care for his guests but I always like his opening jokes. He delivers well. Leno does not have that charisma. I would think Leno appeals more to blue collars and since more blue collars are watching these shows, that explains the ratings.

    February 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alumette

    He is an intelligent man and a good comedian but I think that the low ratings on his failed show had more to do with the writers, the set, the guests than himself per say. Things did not click. I could see him looking like woody wood pecker and actually appearing nervous and no audience likes that. Too nervous, not confident enough and that set was just wrongly designed...poor energy flow. Last but not least, if Leno had just retired, Conan eventually would have done just fine; ratings would have gone up and he would have worked out the details. Why is Leno so determined to hang around? I think his ratings are about to go down.

    February 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LA

    I never thought Conan would beat Leno's rating on the Tonight show.

    That doen't mean he is not funny, he just doen't appeal to as many people.

    ALso, Leno didn't take his job. Conan was offered a job and he turned it down. Leno is under contract, he can't just quit or NBC could wipe him out financially, just like Conan did a number on NBC.

    So let's quit the bitterness. For those who love Conan, I am sure he will be back on another network and may the best man win!

    February 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TheGeneral

    I used to watch NBC every night when Jay was at 11:30 and Conan was at 12:30. I have not watched it since!

    February 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  17. drss

    ok i must confess I sometimes used to watch them, but now I can do without them

    February 25, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jackie

    Conan is a golden god.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. drss

    i sincerely dont'like their humour, I rather watch the csi

    February 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Eric from Richmond, Va

    I bet Conan's reading these comments. If so, "HEY CONAN! Thanks for making me laugh. Your message about not being cynical on your last show was really touching. I was one of those angry people but you calmed me down and I admire you for that move. Good luck!"

    February 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. mabel floyd

    i never understood why so many people thought conan should get the tonight show when jay's show was winning the time slot by a large margin–then after jay moved to accommodate the "dream" of conan –conan lost the time slot by a large margin– jay is invited to come back and bring the winner show back-then somehow jay is the bad person for saying yes to retaking the helm of the tonight show. how come when cocan's show is a loser and jay's show is a winner conan deserves the tonight show 'cause he has a dream? both men had the dream of hosting the tonight show–only one of them was able to produce a winning show–
    the tonight show is not a prize to be won by who has a dream - dreams are nice–but producing a product is how you are able to realize your dream and jay has the ability to realize his dream-

    February 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bill Patacchia

    I would like to see Conan come back on the FOX NETWORK.

    February 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ryan

    I was at the Taping of the 2nd to last show and had a blast, Just 6 months than we can have Conan back...

    Maybe by then NBC will realize Jay is no longer funny and they can watch Conan making another company a lot of money, and take the last few remaining NBC viewers away

    February 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Trog

    Hey Tony – Michael J. Fox is not 'the dead cancer guy with one leg'.
    That was Terry Fox, a Canadian hero.
    Michael J. is a Canadian actor (Back to the Future etc).

    February 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  25. P. S.

    Conan O'Brien was never funny – everyone just get over it.

    February 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Charles

    Come home Coco, come home!

    February 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Miguel

    bring Conan back!

    February 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Surf_Dog

    Tony: you mean Terry Fox.

    It was Terry Fox who ran with one leg and a prothesis for his other missing leg (he lost that leg to cancer) in what he called a "Marathon of Hope", sadly around Thunder Bay, Ontario his cancer returned – with a vengence I might add. Unfortunately he wasn't able to beat it that time.

    His Mother was honoured with the opportunity to carry in the Olympic Flag in Vancouver, BC a couple of weeks ago.

    To this day every year across Canada there are countless "Terry Fox Runs" or "Runs for the Cure" etc.

    In regards to Conan, it is unfortunate that he got the short end of the stick. It was sadly, even predictable that he would be the sacrificial lamb. I wish him well in his furture endeavours, what ever they may be.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. gaylenm

    Conan, you are the best. You will be back. Thanks for standing strong for your employees.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JackAttack

    Sure the squirrel grabbed his nuts and left...it out of boredom. He need's to listen to HStern Interviews before taking another shot at it. Do like Conan and favor earlier days to Leno everytime. Letterman still the best! Jck

    February 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dan

    Conan's rating may have been poor, but the local affiliates were not asking to have him pulled. That's the difference. Leno was totally stinking in his new spot. NBC was losing that 9:00 viewer that carried over to the news and then to the Tonight Show. Even the ratings for the news was lower once Leno took the 9 spot.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Andre

    To all you Conan lovers out there...let me set the facts straight, Leno had nothing to do with Conan's big flop has host of the Tonight Show...he was being clobbered by Dave and even George Lopez show on TBS had higher ratings, I didn't hear anyone complain when Conan pushed Jay out five years ago by threatning to leave NBC if he wasn't promised the Tonight Show...to me..the big villain here is NBC by setting up this whole late night shuffle in the first place. I will admit Leno is not as naturally funny as Conan however, Leno's style does appeal to a larger audience precisely because his style is not quirky or odd, Conan was successful at 12:30 because of his quirky style which did not transfer well to the 11:30 crowd...GO JAY!!

    February 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Matt

    This almost makes me care about Twitter.........but it doesn't!!!

    February 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. LS

    Awesome news. I never thought I would join twitter !
    Your worldwide fans are waiting for your return to tv !

    February 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mike

    Ok ..so great you guys love Conan but if Conan was really great, he still be on NBC doing the Tonight Show. The fact of the matter is that he was liked by a very limited viewership. Jay is liked by a much bigger population and since numbers matter that is why Jay is in and CoCo is OUT! CoCo's dry comedy can only go but so far. Maybe you lovers of Conado can get him to do a show on You Tube...mmm yeah that might work. Even Wanda Sikes is funnier than him.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. triumphs cousin

    i miss you conan!!! old bum chin will never be as funny as you!! im sure youll be on tv again sooon enough.. i just know it..... you were awesome on the tonight show..... ill never watch that show again,, now that bumchin is on it hes not funny

    February 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dave

    The squirrel is on twitter too. @ConansSquirrel

    February 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. I was that squirrel!

    Squeak, uh, squeaker squeakin?

    February 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Kevin

    I never liked Conan, but he deserves decent treatment.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. al

    I like Jay and i like Conan,wish we could have both.
    But the simple facts that most of the media will not report is that Conan bombed on the Tonight show.
    Ratings went down 49% .
    Jay did not steal the show back,NBC wanted Jay back at 11:30.
    Conan had a number one show and could have been on the air for another 20 years making millions but he got greedy,had to have the Tonight show and he just bombed big time.
    I you want to blame someone for this mess blame some of the big shots at NBC that let this mess happen.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Shawn

    Hey RX100 you are reading this in the entertainment section. Conan is a entertainer. Even way back in the days of newspapers there was a entertainment section. If your looking for real news look elsewhere on the home page instead of clicking onto the Conan link and it not having the news you are looking for then taking the time to complain. Just sayin....

    February 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Rosemary

    Love Conan 🙂

    February 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Mike


    Go to hulu.com, you should be able to watch the shows there.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  44. RR3

    Conan will do great regardless of what network he's in...
    Just hope that he dumps his stupid sidekick...he's anoying
    The band is great, his monologues are terrible, but the sketches are the best....overall pretty damn good...
    We still believe that Craig Ferguson is by far the best in late night host(the trouble is that he's way too late - 12:30 AM)...without a band and a big set, just himself and his brilliant comic mind...

    February 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. tony

    NBC looks scared – trying to beef up Leno's return by booking everybody short of God.

    Maybe they should book Michael J. Fox (the dead cancer guy with one leg).

    February 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  46. christina


    I waited 5 years for you to take over the tonight show and now you are gone. I miss you and the show. You should do a show on out of work people. I know the feeling well. You are kind of in limbo, part of you likes it and part of you wonders what is next.
    I think if you did a spoof on out of work people it would be great, us unemployed people need laughter in these hard time. I am still able to laugh without 40 million. I will be your first guest, for a fee that is!

    February 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Mike

    Ohh please...you mean with $40 mil in his pocket twitting is all he can do? Some of you guys need to get a life. If I had $40 mil, I be in New Zealand creating myself a new life and not be concerned about who is funny and who is not.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Shorty

    Leno has been stinking it up!! Conan is the best! I miss Conan and Andy! And of course Labamba! Bring Conan back on any network and I'd be thrilled!! 🙂

    February 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  49. easter

    He's still rich, so I have no sympathy.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jules J

    Conan if you are reading this please do not go back to the Simpson's although they could use a little funny on the show please don't. I only have one question though, I hear TBS has a good show you could possibly take on right now some guy named George Lopez hosting it and he is just terrible.By the way I missed the name of the movie the squirrel is in please send me the transcript of the interview.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ron camp

    if he needs another job there is a new way to stay in touch with all the celebs its called Famous Chatter

    February 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jack E

    Looking forward to him coming back. I liked him better that all the latenight host's. He's a naturally funny guy and doesn't insult his guests as others do.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  53. deborah

    ...i wish i was unemployed with 35 million dollars....

    February 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Virginia

    I am too old to appreciate Conan's humor. All that jumping up and down and hand clapping makes me nervous. I like Leno or Letterman and will watch them. The other guys are on too late even for me.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  55. dixick

    I MISS YOU, CONAN!!! I know you'll be okay but I'm telling you, there are millions of us waiting for you to come back to late night TV.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  56. The L

    Oh, how I hate Leno.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  57. ellen

    This almost makes me want to pay any attention at all to celebrity tweets. Almost.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Eric from Richmond, Va

    That comment about him interviewing a squirrel was HILARIOUS. I miss that kind of humor from him.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  59. cassie

    Ha! I love Conan. I am not a fan of Twitter but would almost consider joining just to follow his non-sensical posts. Can't wait until he's back on t.v.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Lando35mm

    No, this isn't news, its a blog fool

    February 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  61. trudy cox

    Conan and Andy!
    I'am waiting for you both to return!
    I love you both!
    LOL Trudy in AL

    February 25, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  62. mariano

    I hope Conan goes to any other network and is on at 11:30 so i can watch him again. even 10:00pm i would watch him, just bring him back. Labamba better come back with him. It was funny when they would poke fun of him and he would just stand there confused.

    February 25, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  63. BWizzle

    Oh coco we miss thee, please don't force us to listen to chin-mcgee instead of you...

    February 25, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  64. Str8 Outta TX

    none of these guys who have been "newsworthy "lately are funny. they need to get a harmless hobby, such as cliffdiving, or maybe alligator wrestling.

    February 25, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  65. RX100

    This is news?

    February 25, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  66. Maggie

    Carlos needs a DVR!

    February 25, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  67. moto

    I think Conan should be the FIRST guest on the Leno Is Back show on Monday night! get the ol' ratings going there a bit.....

    February 25, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  68. Carlos

    I really wished that I was able to catch the last few episodes. I always liked Conan better than Leno but those shows come on way too late at night. Not sure how the average person can watch.

    February 25, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  69. LBW

    With forty million dollars he can afford therapy.

    February 25, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  70. Head Diva In Charge

    Ha-Ha Conan! At least this way he can stay in the spotlight.

    February 25, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |

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