Conan to Advertisers: You Disgust Me, but I Will Take Your Money

Comedian gets honest with Anderson Cooper

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CANNES, France—Conan O'Brien wants advertisers' money but also wants creative freedom with the brand integrations on his show, a requirement that benefits both sides, he told Anderson Cooper in a packed house at the Cannes Lions festival here this morning.

The talk-show host was in rare form as he and the CNN anchor—"the two whitest people in the south of France," according to O'Brien—used their Time Warner panel to discuss everything from sponsored segments on TBS's Conan show to the power of social media to O'Brien's fondness for reading Fifty Shades of Grey while wearing nipple clamps.



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