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Bearded Late-Night Hosts Return, Some With Writers, Some Not

Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

ImageSource: Defamer

Armed with new contracts for their beleaguered writers and a few beards, late night TV returned last night.

Hillary Clinton introduced David Letterman with all the charm of a toy doll winding down. Letterman worked out some kind of new deal with his writers, so he made his return debut with a full staff. More after the jump!

But in an effort to show he was the most dedicated to his writers, Conan O'Brien returned without them and just wung it. He joked about his own beard (which makes him look like a young Kris Kringle from Santa Claus is Comin' To Town), and shared a "Strike Beard" moment with the audience.

The eminent Defamer has been kind enough to post a few clips from the festivities.

David Letterman returns

Conan O'Brien returns


Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet,, Offscreen, and He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.

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