Conan O'Brien Is Always Pitching a Travel Show to Ex Turned 'Good Friend' Lisa Kudrow

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In a conversation moderated by Jake Tapper, O'Brien talked about his career and previewed his new Max series

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Conan O’Brien continues to prove he’s a master of live entertainment.

On April 11, the longtime talk show host, 60, sat down for a chat moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper at The Paley Center For Media in New York City. During the event, titled “Globetrotting and Podcasting: Conan O’Brien’s Life After Late-Night TV,” O’Brien offered insights into his career following the end of his TBS late-night show Conan in 2021 and gave guests a preview of his upcoming Max series Conan O’Brien Must Go.

During the sit-down, O'Brien shared an idea for a series he pitched to his now-ex-turned pal Lisa Kudrow. (The pair previously dated from 1988 to 1993, though O'Brien wed Liza Powel O'Brien in 2002 and Kudrow has been married to Michel Stern since 1995.)

"I did pitch my good friend, Lisa Kudrow, who I love, an idea for a travel show because it's very her," the comedian said. "She travels the world but never leaves her hotel room. And she's always wearing a big robe and sipping on, like, a smoothie."

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"People come in and show her pictures of that amazing part of the world and she's like, 'I'm good. I'm gonna watch Sixteen Candles now,'" he continued. "And every now and then, she does go out, but in like a giant SUV . . . and she doesn't come out of it. And she was laughing. She was like, 'I'd do that.'"

Reflecting on his own upcoming travel comedy series Conan O’Brien Must Go, the podcaster noted that he doesn't want his show to be similar to Stanley Tucci's CNN program Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.

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Dia Dipasupil/Getty

"I have a lot of respect and love for Stanely Tucci, but what I wanna do is the exact opposite," he explained while talking about his 2018 Conan Without Borders episode, in which he went to Italy with his staffer Jordan Schlanksy. "I want people to really have a good time and laugh, but I want there to be a deficit in their knowledge when they're done watching my show."

Earlier in the week, O’Brien’s press run for his travel docuseries took him back to The Tonight Show, where he served as the host for a short one-season stint from 2009 to 2010.

Of returning to the program, O’Brien told host Jimmy Fallon, “It’s weird to come back.”

<p>Todd Owyoung/NBC via Getty</p> Conan O'Brien on the April 9 episode of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Todd Owyoung/NBC via Getty

Conan O'Brien on the April 9 episode of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

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O'Brien was suddenly laid off from his Tonight Show gig and predecessor Jay Leno returned to his former role.

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In addition to his self-titled talk show that ran for 11 seasons, O’Brien launched a podcast in 2018 called Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. The audio show welcomed an array of notable guests, from former President Barack Obama to Prince and Paul McCartney.

Conan O’Brien Must Go premieres on April 18 on Max.

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