Conan O’Brien was really sticking it to the network his last week. He kept spending “crazy expensive” amounts of money on new comedy routines, sticking NBC with the check.
On his last show Friday, he said that the purchase of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird was fake. But what wasn’t fake was the background music for the Bugatti Veyron Mouse, which was The Rolling Stones song, “Satisfaction”. Also not fake was the walk-on music for Tom Hanks’ appearance on the show.
He walked on to The Beatles’ song, “Lovely Rita”, in honor of his wife, Rita Wilson. That song is crazy expensive! Did you expect any less? According to QuestLove of The Roots, the song was a cool half million dollars. He tweeted, “yo i hate spoiling but i will have you know that walk on song we just heard was half a milli. i know cause i got the list rate at nbc.” He followed that with “that first stunt was what it was (no spoilers) but tom’s walkon music on conan is on my “restricted” list—wow a $500,000 walkon song lol.”
Update: Maybe QuestLove was just hyping the song for the last Conan show, because the New York Times has shown us that the items purchased were not above the nominal costs that were already being spent by the show. Still, it was funny and those facts, after the fact, don’t take away from that.