Conan O'Brien Prepares To Take Over "The Tonight Show"

Saturday, April 28th 2007, 2:37 pm
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ He's still two years away from replacing Jay Leno on ``The Tonight Show,'' but already Conan O'Brien seems to be sizing things up.

``Have you planned any changes while ... you were looking?'' Leno asked O'Brien when the latter dropped by the late-night talk show Friday.

O'Brien reassured Leno, the show's host since 1992, that he won't be moving onto its Burbank set any time soon.

``It's years away,'' O'Brien quipped, adding that rather than succeed Leno in 2009 as planned, he's decided to take the job Rose O'Donnell is leaving on daytime television's ``The View.''

``I got the call this morning from Barbara Walters,'' he said, adding he planned to pick up where O'Donnell leaves off and begin picking on Donald Trump.

Leno joked that the redheaded O'Brien has ``got the hair'' for the part, although ``it's going the wrong way'' to really match Trump's elaborate comb-over.

``Exactly,'' said O'Brien, who has hosted ``Late Night'' since 1993.