LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Host Conan O'Brien speaks onstage during rehearsals for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV)
In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo released by Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert appears during " The Colbert Report," in New York. The program was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding variety series, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 19: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and talk show host Conan O'Brien perform at the Festival Supreme music & comedy festival on the Santa Monica Pier on October 19, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert, winner of the best writing for a variety series award and the variety series award for 'The Colbert Report' poses backstage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Executive producer Conan O'Brien speaks onstage during the 'Super Fun Night' panel discussion at the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Stephen Colbert delivers the keynote address during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday, March 27, 2014, from its "Colbert Report" Twitter feed showing a still from Wednesday night's show where Stephen Colbert joked about starting a "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The joke was part of a skit in which Colbert talked about the Washington Redskins' owner buying things for Native Americans upset with the team's name.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06: TV Host Conan O'Brien speaks onstage during the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Special Broadcast will air Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT on TNT and Wednesday, July 24 on TCM as part of an All-Night Tribute to Brooks. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Talk show host Conan O'Brien arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Moffett Field, Calif. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. The prize is administered by the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing breakthrough research, celebrating scientists and generating excitement about the pursuit of science as a career. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Stephen Colbert rides an Army ASV while taping an episode of the Colbert Report on West 54th Street in New York, Wednesday, September 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again.
The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS' the "Late Show" when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show "Conan" on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the "right person" to take over the show from Letterman.
"I wasn't up for it," O'Brien said backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing for Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, which he's hosting for the first time. "I'm very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I'm a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it's fantastic. I'm really glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show."
O'Brien originally succeeded Letterman on NBC's "Late Night" in 1993 when Letterman moved to CBS to headline the "Late Show." O'Brien infamously replaced Jay Leno as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" for a mere seven months beginning in 2009 before Leno was reinstated as host in 2010.
"I was very happy because I have such respect for Dave," O'Brien said. "I'm glad that it's the right person getting it."
O'Brien, who has appeared as a guest on Letterman's show, said he's excited to see the "Colbert Report" host tackle the "Late Show," but he definitely didn't apply for the gig.
"Whenever I would hear there was speculation (that I'd take over the 'Late Show'), I was like, 'No. What?' I'm happy," said O'Brien, whose TBS talk show has been renewed through November 2015. "I get to do what I want."