For months, rumors have abounded as to where Conan O'Brien would end up to start his new talk show. While it appeared as if it was going to be Fox, various affiliate issues bollixed the deal, leading Conan to his new home at... TBS? Apparently, current TBS talk show host George Lopez was willing to bump his own Lopez Tonight back an hour in order to give Conan the 11:00 time slot, but not every other basic-cable network was willing to make such a sacrifice. Here are some of the offers on the table that Conan felt it necessary to walk away from.
At first, O'Brien just thought they wanted him to do a sketch where he played a tough female cop, to make it easier to promote him during lead-ins The Closer and Saving Grace, but it turns out the network wanted him to have Mark Paul Gosselar's hairstyle from Raising the Bar.
After briefly considering Spike's bid, which included a team of cheerleaders, Conan eventually realized that he was getting too old to do kegstands.
Conan was initially thrilled about a Dirty Jobs-inspired segment, and was looking forward to interviewing the crabbers on Deadliest Catch, but then the network told him their plans for Shark Week.
Conan balked at the network's insistence that he have one robot sidekick, preferably with the mind of a teenage girl, and that all guests would appear as holograms.
FX withdrew its bid after they realized that Conan had not appeared in any movies they could buy the network rights to and air right before his program.
While Conan liked the idea of an eternally young animated Conan avatar hosting every show, he took issue with the requirement that every episode would have him facing off against a mythical creature with only a collectible card game to defend himself.
In a dealbreaking move, Conan had no desire to co-host a show with Kate Gosselin and her eight kids, let alone marry her.
Immediately after every episode of Conan's talk show, Bravo wanted to air an episode of The Real Talk Show Hosts of Los Angeles County, where Conan, Jay Leno, George Lopez and Jimmy Kimmel went to the same social events and got into shouting matches in restaurants.
While executives were keen to see Conan play a Canadian high-schooler who puts on a public-access talk show from the gymnasium, and in every episode he learns something about tolerance, drugs or sexual development, Conan felt is was "not remotely believable."
Conan walked away from this offer after he found the fine print that said he would have to star in at least one made-for-TV movie per year in which he was on the run from an abusive husband.
Conan was more than willing to guest-star on Bad Girls Club, but he refused to have anything to do with a show called "Dance Your Ass Off."
AMC had an idea to set Conan's talk show in the 1960s, a la Mad Men, with plenty of drinking, womanizing and betrayal, but Conan said he wanted to do something different from his last show.
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