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George Lopez puts out the welcome mat for Conan O'Brien

April 13, 2010 |  9:24 am

George Lopez welcomed Conan O'Brien to the neighborhood on Monday night, saying he is "completely, 100% on board" with his new 11 p.m. lead-in on TBS and putting his own spin on the news. 

Chris-rock "I talked to Conan on Wednesday and I talked to him last night, and I said, 'I welcome you into my deep loving embrace.' Then I said, 'Let's take the party and make it bigger and take it into the next generation of late-night TV.' ... Everybody's heard of 'I'm with Coco,' but now everybody can 'Go LoCo.'"

Guest Chris Rock, who was promoting his new film "Death at a Funeral," noticed that in the process Lopez would be bumped to midnight.

"So you're gonna move for the white man, huh? I hope he appreciates this," Rock said.

"I think the white man does appreciate it very much," Lopez replied.

"You don't gotta clean a park or nothing, right?"

"No," Lopez said, "and I get to go to work an hour later. That's a Latino dream come true."

TBS allows George a lot of late-night leeway. Let's see what Conan can do with that freedom, shall we?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Chris Rock arrives at the premiere of "Death at a Funeral" in Los Angeles on Monday. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

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