Conan Addresses Newtown News in Opening Monologue (Video)

Host says he won't joke about the news in light of Newtown killings

Last Updated: December 18, 2012 @ 1:15 PM

Conan O'Brien opened up his show Monday in an unusually somber fashion, saying he wouldn't do a monologue joking about the news because of "Friday's insanely mindless tragedy."

Instead, he told the audience, he'd be skipping that part to focus on "silly and pointless comedy." 

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Following some roaring applause, he found an especially silly way to spread holiday cheer: by reintroducing Minty, "the candy cane who briefly fell on the ground."

Watch the video: