George Lopez puts out the welcome mat for Conan O’Brien

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George Lopez welcomed Conan O’Brien to the neighborhood on Monday night, saying he is ‘completely, 100% on board’ with his new 11 p.m. lead-in on TBS and putting his own spin on the news.

‘I talked to Conan on Wednesday and I talked to him last night, and I said, ‘I welcome you into my deep loving embrace.’ Then I said, ‘Let’s take the party and make it bigger and take it into the next generation of late-night TV.’ ... Everybody’s heard of ‘I’m with Coco,’ but now everybody can ‘Go LoCo.’'

Guest Chris Rock, who was promoting his new film ‘Death at a Funeral,’ noticed that in the process Lopez would be bumped to midnight.

‘So you’re gonna move for the white man, huh? I hope he appreciates this,’ Rock said.


‘I think the white man does appreciate it very much,’ Lopez replied.

‘You don’t gotta clean a park or nothing, right?’

‘No,’ Lopez said, ‘and I get to go to work an hour later. That’s a Latino dream come true.’

TBS allows George a lot of late-night leeway. Let’s see what Conan can do with that freedom, shall we?

-- Christie D’Zurilla

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