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Andy Richter Slams NBC and Jay Leno Over Conan Fiasco (Video)

In his first television appearance since the 'Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien' was put to bed, Andy Richter acknowledged he harbored some ill will toward NBC and Jay Leno over the late night drama.

"Yes. Yes, I do. Why wouldn't I?," said Richter, who was filling in for Regis Philbin on 'Live! With Regis and Kelly'. "I mean, my God, I'd be some sort of self-hater."

"I mean NBC, definitely, everybody said they were going to do something and they didn't," he said, implying the network broke its promise to O'Brien. "They all said years ago, 'We're gonna do something,' and then they didn't."

"It's very frustrating when somebody says, and especially when they're on tape saying, 'I'm gonna take this number one show and hand it over and hope that the next guy makes it a number one show' and then doesn't, and says things like, 'You know, well, I didn't have any choice. They wouldn't let me out of my contract.'"

"Which, you know how multi-millionaires are always being forced to do things they don’t want to do. It's frustrating. It's very frustrating."

"The thing about network television is, if they like a show, if there's extenuating circumstances they'll say, 'Well, you have to think about the extenuating circumstances.' Like for us, our low ratings being a result of our low lead-in."

"But if they don't like the show, they'll say, 'Well, they couldn't get the ratings.' Which they weren't saying that about the local news. Like all of a sudden, the local news somehow got bad. Like the local news got 25 to 50 percent worse than it was."

Richter also confirmed reports of a live tour in the works and called it a "distinct possibility."

"I have children! I still need work!," he said.

March 10, 2010 |

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