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Conan to UCLA -- I Can't Replace Everybody!

6/5/2009 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After James Franco bailed on being UCLA's commencement speaker, the graduating class thought they found a back-up -- but the guy they picked is just a lil' too busy these days.

Almost 2,000 students signed up for a Facebook group dedicated to securing L.A.'s newest famous resident Conan O'Brien to replace Franco. But in an extremely polite statement to the students, Conan says he won't be able to fill Franco's shoes -- because he's too busy filling Leno's:

"I am honored to be asked but I am so busy launching "The Tonight Show" there just is not enough time to give this speech the preparation it deserves. I wish everyone in the class of 2009 the best and I am honored that they thought of me."

Maybe Jimmy Fallon's available?

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antoinette    

hey guys i`m first punks .................FIRST WHERES UR BIG A.S.S AT

1875 days ago
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Guest    

CONE ZONE!

1875 days ago
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First whores!    

Damnit. Dead last.

Hey TMZ. How about some stories on Heidi and Spencer? I would like to know what they r up to today. Thanks

1875 days ago
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The 1 & Only    

That would be fun to have Conan give the commencement address - but like he said - he's probably crazy busy. I think he's done a great job this week!

1875 days ago
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superchunk    

Big mistake Conan! You are blowing an unbelievable opportunity to gain some great PR with you core audience.
UCLA is one of the top schools in the world and right in your own backyard. Don't be all about yourself, like Jay.

1875 days ago
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Brian Peppers    

Bring back the masturbating bear!

1875 days ago
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UCLA needs a speaker    

If we can't get Conan maybe we can get Seth MacFarlane...

1875 days ago
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Orion    

I don't blame Conan cuz the Bruins SUK!

1875 days ago
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Robert    

Looks like the little bruins can't find anybody to give a commencement speech, which is really really funny. ucla thinks it's a "top notch" instituion, but only in their minds, who in their right minds would want stare at a sea of fruity sky blue and listen an 8 hand clap. why doesn't ucla get one of their alumni to do it, i am sure at least one of them is a top notch manager at a burger king.

1875 days ago
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pinhead    

Conan is at least in a good mood leno was such a burnt out grumpy guy,,same with letterman...fallon blows,,,get rid of him. I get so bored watching him I watch the shamwow guy and buy more cheap crap.! Who is James Franco? lame ass third rate actor. And for the sake of all humanity get the a hole spencer and his dumb waste of space wife....I lose Iq when I hear his voice!

1875 days ago
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FiBiker    

CONAN IS SUCH A WUSSY DOUCHEBAG...PLUS NOT VERY FUNNY.

HE WILL NEVER GET THE RATINGS OF THE MASTER LENO....

LENO RULES!!!!!!

1875 days ago
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Beth    

6. Big mistake Conan! You are blowing an unbelievable opportunity to gain some great PR with you core audience.
UCLA is one of the top schools in the world and right in your own backyard. Don't be all about yourself, like Jay.
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Guess what douchebag? Conan went to HARVARD, I think he knows more about top schools than you! He might not be as funny as Leno but at least his IQ is higher is higher than the combined total of the UCLA's graduating class.

1875 days ago
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Robert    

Didn't they recently find some guy guilty in May of this year for selling body parts out the back door at their med school? Conan did right!!

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-willedbody15-2009may15,0,1891414.story

1874 days ago
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xxx    

haha sounds like UCLA needs to get over themselves! Oh that's right, self-entitled brats don't do that.

1874 days ago
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Lyn    

I wish Conan's handlers would create some eyelashes and brows for him. If he has any hair there at least he could dye the brows and eyes. I find it difficult to watch him because he looks so bland...blank...

1874 days ago
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