Conan O’Brien Lands In South Korea, People Freak Out

Conan O’Brien Lands In South Korea, People Freak Out

For a guy whose show isn’t broadcast in South Korea and with no official Korean language presence whatsoever, Conan seems popular. Ditto for his Clueless Gamer co-host Aaron Bleyaert.

After a Korean fan sent Conan some nice letters and Korean snacks, the late night host decided to visit the country and the fan. “Because,” as Conan recently told his viewers, “ladies and gentlemen, here is my motto — and I want this to get out all around the world — if you send me free snacks from your country, I will travel there in person to thank you. That’s what I do.”

As tipster Sang points out, the Korean news (yes, this made the national news) reports that several hundred people were waiting for Conan at Incheon Airport.

[GIF via YTN]

Just look at this reaction. It’s what boy band members get, not middle-aged talk show hosts. No wonder Conan tweeted, “I’ve landed in South Korea. I will never leave.”

So if Conan isn’t shown in Korean on television in the country, what gives? Many skits and interviews have been translated into Korean and posted on YouTube. Some of the ones that haven’t been removed due to copyright have racked up views in the six figure digits. The Korean Spa visit might have helped to put Conan on people’s radar, but most popular, it appears, is Clueless Gamer. Don’t believe me? Just check out the reaction Aaron Bleyaert, Conan’s gaming cohort, got at the airport in South Korea.

The crowd is chanting “Aaron! Aaron! Aaron!”

Aaron in KOREA ! #aaronbleyaert #cluelessgamer #conankorea #teamcoco #korea #conan

A photo posted by K Lee (Fan of TeamCoco) (@teamcoocoo) on

The reaction, it appears, has been incredible.

welcome gift from his fan . #teamcoco #conankorea #conanobrien

A photo posted by goldmackerel (황금고등어) (@goldmackerel) on

만나러 간다 코난…. #conanobrien #conan #teamcoco #conankorea #코난 #코난오브라이언

A photo posted by 학대 글리코겐 (@gyakutai_glycogen) on

하라는 공부는 안하고 망나니답게 빠순이빙의 #교수님ㅈㅅ#엄마미안#공교롭게2월14일#ConanKorea

A photo posted by 이정민 / Jungmin Claire Lee (@mangnanieee) on

Conan didn't see me #selfie #teamcoco #ConanKorea

A photo posted by Earl (@earl_mitoo) on

#Conan has arrived @teamcoco and #ConanKorea . This place has more Seoul than a James Brown song…..

A photo posted by Seth Saint Vincent (@doubles2thev) on

웰컴 #conanobrien #conankorea

A photo posted by 김슈한무 (@suuhanmukim) on

CONAN in KOREA!! #conankorea #aaronbleyaert #teamcoco #conan #cluelessgamer

A photo posted by K Lee (Fan of TeamCoco) (@teamcoocoo) on

Top GIF: YTN [Team Coco]


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