Not only did NBC confirm to TheWrap that O’Brien taped his show, but they swiftly made the transcript of his monologue available, which, TVMoJoe is told, followed a standing ovation.
Here’s the NBC-related content of that monologue (which covered other topics, too):
Hello, my name is Conan O’Brien, and I may soon be available for children’s parties.
Welcome to NBC. Where our new slogan is, “No longer just screwing up prime-time.”
When I was a little boy, I remember watching “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and thinking “Someday, I’m going to host that show for 7 months.”
NBC says they’re planning to have the late night situation worked out before the Winter Olympics start. And trust me, when NBC says something – you can take that to the bank!
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is still under fire for remarks he made about President Obama’s “blackness.” Sources say Reid could face Congressional censure, or even worse, be promised the “The Tonight Show” at 11:30.
As TVMoJoe reported earlier, Howie Mandel stopped by for a "Deal or No Deal" bit.
Fuller’s site hyped an exclusive that tonight’s "Tonight" "won’t have Conan O’Brien hosting — and we’re told NBC is scrambling to find either a replacement or show a taped episode. No word yet on whether this will be his last night for good, or whether he’s just taking the night off."
Um, nope. Didn’t work out that way.
Meanwhile, NBC still isn’t commenting on a report from TheWrap, picked up elsewhere, that NBC might be looking at arranging guest hosts just in case O’Brien refused to show up to the work at some point in the future.
But a source at the network now said that such buzz, is "absolutely" not true. No calls have been made, no talks have been held with possible fill-in hosts.