Conan O'Brien to officiate gay wedding on-air to celebrate show anniversary
Conan O'Brien is gearing up to celebrate the first anniversary of his show "Conan" on TBS. So to mark the big event, the late night comedian will officiate a gay wedding on-air.
O'Brien will officiate the wedding in New York during an episode of the show this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The industry paper notes that the wedding is for one of O'Brien's long-time staff members and his partner. New York state legalized same sex marriage earlier this year in June.
Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show, "Conan", first premiered on November 8, 2011. It marked the host's return to late-night television after leaving "The Tonight Show" following a seven-month hosting stint and amid a network shakeup. Seth Rogen was the first guest of "Conan."
O'Brien, who succeeded Leno as "The Tonight Show" host in 2009 after hosting NBC's subsequent talk program "Late Night" since 1993, has been most popular among young adults.
During O'Brien's seven-month stint as "The Tonight Show" host, Leno helmed a new talk program that aired earlier. Following lackluster ratings and local affiliate disagreements, NBC had proposed that both programs be moved to later.
O'Brien declined NBC's proposal and left the network. The time slots of the shows remained unchanged and Leno, who hosted "The Tonight Show" between 1992 and 2009, regained the position in March.