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Conan O'Brien Picks New Career Out of 'Deal or No Deal' Briefcase

Entertainment Tonight, Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 12:04am (PST)

Conan O'Brien walked onstage to an aroused crowd on Tuesday's “The Tonight Show.”

To quiet them down so he could continue on with his monologue, Conan said, “I may not have that much time. You're using valuable time here.” The host joked, “I may soon be available for children's parties,” and made a pretend peacock shaped balloon with his hand gestures.

On a sentimental note, Conan told a story with a punch line: “When I was a little boy, I remember watching the tonight show with Johnny Carson and I remember thinking, ‘One day I'm going to host that show for 7 months.'” NBC plans to have the late-night changes sorted out by the time the Winter Olympics kick off on February 12. Conan interjected, “When NBC says something, you can take that to the bank.”

“Deal or No Deal” host and the newly named “America's Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel visited with six stand-in “Deal or No Deal” models for Conan to choose his career options from a numbered briefcase. Some of his options were to join the cast of ‘Twilight' as a “rare albino werewolf” or move over to Animal Planet and “eat bugs off Andy [Richter]'s belly.” However, enclosed in Case #6, the one he chose at the beginning of the segment, was two tickets to see Jay Leno's stand-up routine at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas.

With Conan's announcement that he won't agree to continue hosting “The Tonight Show” if it is rescheduled for 12:05 a.m., only time will tell what his actual career decision will be.

Related stories: New Details on the Late Night Shake-Up: Will Conan O'Brien Head to FOX?  Conan O'Brien Apologizes to Levi Johnston 

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