Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien is trying to breath a
little excitement into his low-rated program. And he’ll do it with a
tried-and-true gimmick, an on-air wedding.
When the TBS program celebrates its one-year anniversary next week,
they’ll take their show on the road to New York’s Beacon Theater.
It is there that O’Brien will officiate the wedding between one
of his long-time staffers and his boyfriend, Vulture is reporting. This follows the recent
law passed in New York state allowing for gay marriage, something that
is still against the law in California where “Conan” is taped.
Show sources tell Vulture this isn’t a publicity stunt, but that’s hard
to imagine given the fact that it’s…well…a televised wedding and
O’Brien is well behind other late night programs. O’Brien’s show is only
pulling a 0.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo, half of what Letterman, Jon Stewart and Leno are getting on their respective programs.
While on-air weddings are typically the domain of morning shows or
reality TV, there is a bit of a past for nuptials in the late-night
world. In Dec. 1969, Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on the “Tonight Show.” This brought in incredible ratings, with more than 21 million people tuning in.
The question is, will you be watching?