- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

BURBANK, CALIF. (AP) - Conan O'Brien says he got a phone call from David Letterman over the holidays. The CBS host wanted to make sure a year of late-night TV turmoil hadn’t created a rift between them.

O’Brien told reporters Wednesday that he and Letterman have “always been good. I said he didn’t owe me a phone call, but I appreciated it.”

O'Brien wouldn’t be so receptive to a call from Jay Leno, who preceded and replaced him as “Tonight” show host.

He says the reason is no mystery, noting, “We all know the story.”

O'Brien’s new TBS show, called “Conan,” began in November. He says the past year’s upheaval has left him more willing to take chances onstage.

But he acknowledged some sadness at no longer being part of NBC.

He says, “That company meant a lot to me.”

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