Why Conan should not have done ’60 Minutes’

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“I’m doing great. I hope people still find me comedically absurd and ridiculous.”

If there was one statement that encapsulated the awkward mishap that was O’Brien’s post-contractual-TV-blackout coming-out party, it was this rather transparent attempt to contradict a portrait he probably didn’t intend to offer on national TV. Because the O’Brien on display is clearly not “fine,” but a deeply hurt individual licking his wounds for all to see.

Not since another silence-breaking media event — the Tiger Woods “press” conference — has a public figure backfired so thoroughly in his attempt to try to put the best face on a bad situation (and Conan ain’t doing as badly as Tiger).

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