Conan O’Brien’s on-again, off-again sidekick Andy Richter offered some great, almost accidental criticism of NBC today. And there’s nothing they can do about it.
Richter is currently touring with O’Brien on the “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour, which just hit Radio City last week, and spoke with The Times‘ ArtsBeat blog about the experience. O’Brien is also prohibited from knocking NBC, and The Times asked if Richter was under the same restrictions.
Oh, not at all. I could do and say whatever I want. But the whole key is what I want to say. [laughs] Because, No. 1, I don’t want to say anything that’s going to make him uncomfortable or put him in an uncomfortable position, or make someone assume that I’m somehow acting as a mouthpiece for the organization. And, quite frankly, I don’t have any interest in running anybody down. Really. And I’m also, at this point, kind of bored with the whole topic. We’ve got a new show to do, that we’re excited about, that Conan has ownership of, with a network that completely is in support of us and been absolutely wonderful to us. So why the hell would we want to look back to the time when we were treated like [dirt] by a bunch of jerks?
So just to be clear, he does not want to disparage NBC, despite the fact that they treated him like shit and are jerks. Everybody got it?