Upfronts 2012: TBS' Conan O'Brien Takes Shots at Les Moonves, Rupert Murdoch and Oprah Winfrey

Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien
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Conan O’Brien strutted out on Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom stage to remind advertisers he had taken a downgrade.

“You’ve got to hand it to Turner when it comes to the upfronts,” he told a packed theater early Wednesday. “They were really on it, and they locked up the coveted 9:30 a.m. slot right next to Penn Station. I feel bad for CBS; they’re stuck with cocktail hour at Carnegie Hall.”

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In between the usual jabs, many of them at his own expense, O’Brien managed to pimp the area in which his recently renewed late-night show is growing: his digital footprint. “We’ve got 5.5 million on Twitter, 1.84 million ‘likes’ on Facebook and a pedophile on MySpace,” he joked of his show, which debuted on TBS a year and a half ago after the host had spent 16 years at NBC.

But rather than take time onstage to blast his former bosses as he did a year earlier, O’Brien used the platform to poke fun at other industry execs. In fact, about the only mogul he bypassed as he presented a segment entitled Audience Craigslist was NBCUniversal’s new chief, Steve Burke.

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Here’s a look at who he did take shots at as he read aloud a handful of faux Craigslist postings to big laughs:

MAN SEEKING WOMAN: I’m your ultimate fantasy, if you spend a lot of time fantasizing about being underneath Newman from Seinfeld. (Photo: Turner’s Steve Koonin.)

MISSED CONNECTION: You couldn’t keep your eyes off me, and neither could I. How about we meet somewhere romantic and both look at me? (Photo: Turner’s Michael Wright.)

LEARNING ANNEX SEMINAR: David Levy Presents:  “How to Succeed When You’re an Adult Version of ‘Turtle’ From ‘Entourage.’” (Photo: Turner’s David Levy.)

HOUSE SWAP: My $20 million house in Brentwood for my 30 million house in Malibu. Ha, just kidding! They’re both my houses! God, I’m rich. (Photo: CBS’ Leslie Moonves.)

SEEKING: East African village willing to accept 5 million “John Carter” T-shirts. Size XXL. (Photo: Disney’s Bob Iger.)

MISSED CONNECTION: YOU: beautiful, checking your voicemail.  ME: goblin-like, selling your voicemail. (Photo: News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch.)

FOR SALE: Controlling interest in OWN. $10 or best offer. (Photo: OWN’s Oprah Winfrey.)

WANTED:  Proofreader for my new book, “Battle for Daytime: The Montel Williams Story.” (Photo: New York Times writer and The War for Late Night author Bill Carter)

FOR SALE: Broken remote control. I keep changing to TBS, but there are no Braves games. Where are the goddamn Braves? (Photo: Ted Turner.)


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