Conan O'Brien to officiate gay marriage on TV in special episode

Posted Oct 28, 2011 by David Silverberg
Talk-show host Conan O'Brien will soon oversee a same-sex marriage taking place on his show next week, to be aired at a date yet to be announced.
Talk-show host and comedian Conan O Brien
Talk-show host and comedian Conan O'Brien
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The unique event is part of O'Brien's celebration of his one-year anniversary hosting his show on TBS.
Media reports say "O'Brien will be marrying a longtime staffer and his partner." The special episode will tape at the Beacon Theater in New York.
New York was the sixth state to legalize gay marriage in June and the law took effect the following month.
Televised weddings are big business for networks. The first televised wedding aired on The Tonight Show 42 years ago, between Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki, drawing 21.3 million viewers. More recently, 23 million Americans watched the Royal Wedding and the Kim Kardashian wedding attracted more than four million viewers.