SNL Creator Supports Conan O'Brien
Posted on Wed Mar 3, 2010 11:37 AM PDT

obrienpic200.jpgLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (X17online) - NBC may have ditched Conan O'Brien, but Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels has the comedian's back. As for NBC replacing O'Brien with Leno, Michaels says "After early struggles, he prevailed. And I'm sure he will again."

For many years, Michaels was the executive producer of Late Night With Conan O'Brien. He says he chose O'Brien for the gig because he was "very smart," "had an amazing character" and was "just brilliant."

Michaels also gave his theory as to why the O'Brien/Leno debacle took place. He says that "there was a lot of worry and concern" that Leno would pop up on another network which is why the comedian was given the 10 p.m slot.

SNL's Seth Meyers, who also worked with O'Brien in the past, says "You can't tell someone that you want to stay married for five years and then get a divorce."

O'Brien hasn't announced plans on when he'll be returning to TV. For now, the former Tonight Show host is staying in contact with his fans via Twitter.