TV is all a lie, and Conan O’Brien just proved it in this scrapped moment from Conan.
Sturgill Simpson was slated to perform on an episode featuring guests Timothy Olyphant and Jerrod Carmichael, but Simpson had already filmed his performance because of a scheduling conflict. So, as the host explained, the show just needed to shoot an intro to the pre-taped performance and a reaction to it afterwards as if it had just happened before their very eyes. Sounds easy enough, right?
“I’m not doing it, Conan,” Olyphant shouts as O’Brien explains the situation to the audience. “This is bulls—.”
“Yeah, just play along. C’mon, man. TV’s a lie — you knew that coming in,” O’Brien pushed before pulling the curtains from the late night musical guest magic even further.
Watch the unaired clip from TBS’ Conan above.