By Jack Engelhard
Everybody’s got troubles. Some have troubles without money and some have troubles with $30 million. Take Conan O’Brien. Please.
I tuned in late for last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” but just in time to learn that hundreds, maybe thousands are dying to get into this country. I mean, people are drowning. One story was particularly touching, about a woman who lost her husband and child at sea. Makes no difference how you feel about illegal immigration. Fact is, people are suffering.
About half an hour later, “60 Minutes” introduced us to the new Conan O’Brien, the one without the “Tonight” show. Conan is suffering. He lost out to Jay Leno, for whom he had no kind words, and was sent packing with $30 million from his bosses at NBC. He had no kind words for them, either.
Conan, during the interview, let it be known that this has been a tough year for him, said the year had been “incomprehensible” for him. He played it stoic, above it all, high-minded, superior to everyone around him, but there was no question about the pity he felt for himself. Life is so unjust. He wasn’t given a chance. But what a trooper!
He’s on tour now, playing before packed houses, in front of people who think he’s interesting and funny, but he is still HURT. He sings “I Will Survive” to prove his bravery and continues make mention of just how unfair life can be – particularly to Conan. His next stop is Radio City Music Hall and soon he will again have his own TV program, this time on cable. How many millions for this?
All that plus the $30 million from NBC.
Yes, life is incomprehensible. Life is so unjust. Just ask Conan. Or – ask that lady who lost her husband and child at sea.
About the author: Jack Engelhard wrote the international bestselling novel “Indecent Proposal” that was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford a Demi Moore. His latest novels are “The Bathsheba Deadline” and “The Girls of Cincinnati.” He can be reached at www.jackengelhard.com