Conan O’Brien fans may have shed a few crocodile tears over the loss of band leader Max Weinberg, but they can wipe their eyes knowing that longtime Conan sidekick Andy Richter will be back on the show when “Conan” makes its debut on TBS November 8.
“I’m thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture on TBS,” Richter said in a TBS press release. “However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again.”
Said Conan of the deal: “This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this.”
He kids the Richter.
News of Richter’s return to the show was an open secret. He spoke with New York magazine’s Vulture blog and all but confirmed it earlier this week. “It’s about as important a national secret as there is. All will be revealed. Like maybe even Tuesday. But at the Warner Bros. lot [where O'Brien's show is based], there’s a parking spot with my name on it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out.”
Now it’s official.
Press release after the jump:
One of the longest running teams in late-night television will again take the stage together as Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter join forces on Conan, which premieres Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS.
A collaboration that began Sept. 13, 1993, O’Brien and Richter have developed a comedic chemistry that few performers have achieved. Through two late-night franchises and the recently concluded The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, Richter has been a consistent asset to O’Brien.
Andy Richter stated, “I’m thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture on TBS. However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again.”
Conan O’Brien added, “This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this.”
Actor and writer Andy Richter rose to fame on Late Night with Conan O’Brien as O’Brien’s sidekick since its premiere on Sept. 13, 1993. He starred in the Emmy®-nominated Andy Richter Controls the Universe for the Fox network and the series Andy Barker, P.I. for NBC. Richter has been very active in the feature film world, as well. His many appearances include such films as Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women, Scary Movie 2, Elf, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory and Semi-Pro. He was most recently seen on TBS hosting Team Coco Presents: The Conan Writers Live. Richter attended the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and Columbia College, where he studied film and video.
Conan will originate from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios and will be produced by Conaco LLC. Jeff Ross is the executive producer.