Outspoken comedian George Lopez admitted he’s not happy with his late-night show’s midnight time slot on TBS.
But since he happens to like Conan O’Brien personally, there doesn’t seem to be anything he can do now that “Conan” is firmly ensconced at 11 p.m. (10c) weeknights. That’s the time period “Lopez Tonight” once had, before TBS hired O’Brien and developed a show for the former NBC late-night star.
Lopez talked about “Lopez Tonight” with a fellow late-night TV star – David Letterman – Monday night on Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS. Incredibly, it was the veteran Mexican-American comic’s first-ever visit to any Letterman show.
“I’ve been waiting to do this show for 30 years,” he told Dave at the end of their segment.
“I hope we didn’t disappoint you!” Dave replied.
Earlier in their interview, Letterman asked Lopez about Conan. “How’s that going?” Dave asked. “Do you like being at midnight?”
“I don’t,” Lopez said. “But I slid over [to the later time period] – I love Conan, as you do.”
To which Letterman joked, “You were there first! You’re more powerful than Conan! And if you’re uncomfortable at midnight, just call Jay!” – a reference to the whole Jay Leno-Conan mess that resulted in Conan leaving NBC and Leno being reinstalled as “Tonight Show” host last year. The midnight time slot was an issue for Conan, and he quit NBC rather than be forced to move “Tonight” to the later time period.
Besides being comedians and the hosts of their own late-night shows, Lopez and Letterman have something else in common: Robert Morton – “Morty” – who was once Letterman’s executive producer until they had a falling-out in 1996, and is now executive producer of “Lopez Tonight.”
“Tell me what it’s like working with Morty,” Dave asked Lopez.
“It’s a pain in the ass!” Lopez joked. “But it’s nice,” he continued. “For me, just starting out as a talk-show host, but also having the experience of him being here with you has helped me tremendously.”
“Well, I find that hard to believe!” Letterman quipped.