Conan Snubbed By The Simpsons?

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Maggie1 Conan Snubbed By The Simpsons?A big deal has been made by the creators of The Simpsons Movie over the fact most of the early writers had returned to pen the small screen family’s big screen debut. So why no Conan O’Brien? Well, apparently, it all came down to unavailable car spaces and ignored phone calls.

As a writer on the show in the early ’90s, O’Brien was responsible for fan favorite episode ‘Marge vs. the Monorail’ in its 4th season, among others. However, he ended his contract early to replace David Letterman on NBC’s Late Night talk show in 1993.

Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, O’Brien said:

“I cleared my talk show schedule for a year at great financial cost to myself, got an apartment right outside the Fox lot, and told them I was ready to report to work. All I heard back was that they were having trouble finding me a parking space, and then they stopped returning my calls altogether. I am stunned and disappointed…. Truth be told, I worry that the Simpsons-writing portion of my brain has been destroyed after 14 years of talking to Lindsay Lohan and that guy from One Tree Hill, so maybe it’s all for the best.”

With or without Conan on board, reports of the film’s hilarity have been trickling out online for months. The general consensus is that, at the very least, this is going to be the best Simpsons “episode” in over a decade – if not ever – and the look of the film is surprisingly cinematic, without losing the series’ simple charm.

After months of disappointing blockbusters, could it be possible The Simpsons Movie may just be the saving grace of the season? I lost track of the show years ago but, honestly, I couldn’t be more excited.

As for Conan, perhaps they might return his calls for a sequel?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Yeah, “The Simpsons” is probably the funniest show I never watched. :-)


  2. I’ve been watching since day 1 (Christmas ep, 1989) and my wife since Tracy Ulman in 1987 or so, so she and I are PUMPED to see it! As for the Conan thing, wow! Ouch! Then again, remember that FOX fired Singer and kicked him off the lot 2 years ago…

    As for this summer, very uneven. I think this summer will go down in history as the first time worldwide box office matters the most. Movies seemed to open worldwide at the same time more often then ever, and make TONS of money overseas without as much here in the US.

    Reminds me of 2001, when movies would open HUGE the first weekend (when a movie almost every weekend opens to $50 or $65 million, that’s a big deal), then plummet 50% to 60% by the second weekend. That was a first, but now it’s commonplace.


  3. 18 years and you never watched ‘The Simpsons’, Vic…?! No way!

    And Heath… I should have maybe mentioned that Conan was being sarcastic. The split with Fox was amicable and Al Jean simply didn’t ask him to be part of the film since everyone figured Conan would laugh it off. I mean, he does have a nightly talk show to produce.

  4. True, but I’m sure he might have wanted to give something. His stuff was GREAT on The Simpsons!


  5. Yeah… maybe he could have emailed them a joke or something. ;o)

  6. LOL, I watched it off and on WAY back in the beginning, but it just hasn’t been on my radar screen.

    When picking animated shows to watch, I tend to pick stuff I can watch with my daughter. :-)


  7. How old is your daughter? I was watching The Simpsons at 13, but when I showed my cousin at 14, he got into serious trouble, as did I, with my Aunt.


  8. My daughter is about to turn 11.


  9. I must admit… even though I started watching at 12… ‘The Simpsons’ isn’t exactly a kids’ show. Even though the adult-skewed humour would be hard for a kid to understand – like that in Pixar and ‘Shrek’ films – it doesn’t work on two levels so much that a kid would care.

    Man, it’s weird to think this show’s gone on for almost 2/3 of my life.

    I feel so old.