"I felt like I'd just been in a car accident," O'Brien admits to the mag.
His wife Liza Powel says Conan suffered from depression, especially after he'd wrapped his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour. "Those weeks after the tour, where not much was going on, Conan was miserable," she says. "That was when he was the most depressed."
"My wife says those first couple of months, the thing I said most often was, 'Wait a minute, what just happened?'" O'Brien recalls.
"He was in the house all the time," Powel jokes. "I said, 'This can't last – it'll drive us crazy!’”
"I hated to see him in such a state of tension and unhappiness," Powel says on a more serious note. "It was very painful for him to let go of this hallowed ground that he'd finally got a chance to stand on.
“There were so many factors at work, such a confluence of change that had to do with so much more than him. The truth is, The Tonight Show was the definition of cultural relevancy for decades. And all of a sudden, it's not. That's not Conan's fault. It's not anybody's fault. It just happened. And it's no longer a show he should be pinning his life's hopes on hosting."
We’re so glad all that is behind him and he’s gearing up for opening night of Conan on November 8!