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O'Brien Makes Debut on 'The Tonight Show'

Conan O'Brien debuted as host of " The Tonight Show " Monday with a "run" across the country to Los Angeles and some other comedy bits emphasizing his entry into a strange new culture.He joined a line of predecessors Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno on television's most historic late-night franchise."I think I've timed this move perfectly," he said in his opening monologue. "I'm on a last-place network, I moved to a state that's bankrupt and 'The Tonight Show' is sponsored by General Motors."O'Brien spent 17 years as host of NBC's "Late Night" in New York, and the move up one hour has been in the works for five years. Leno, his immediate predecessor, will do a weeknight prime-time show on NBC. The workaholic Leno will start "in two days, three days tops," O'Brien joked. Actually, it's in September.O'Brien christened a new studio on the Universal City lot with a handsome art deco look. The stage has a blue glass background for the opening monologue, before O'Brien retr...

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