Conan O’Brien pays back taxes, avoids home auction

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2013, file photo, talk show host Conan O'Brien arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards in Moffett Field, Calif. A home owned by O'Brien has been removed from a Rhode Island auction after he paid some back taxes on the property. Town officials tell the Westerly Sun that O'Brien paid his $8,000 bill on Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2013, file photo, talk show host Conan O'Brien arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards in Moffett Field, Calif. A home owned by O'Brien has been removed from a Rhode Island auction after he paid some back taxes on the property. Town officials tell the Westerly Sun that O'Brien paid his $8,000 bill on Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) – A home owned by talk show host Conan O’Brien has been removed from a Rhode Island auction after he paid some back taxes on the property.

Town officials tell The Westerly Sun that O’Brien paid his $8,000 bill on Friday morning.

The property near the Westerly shore is valued at about $723,000. It was among several the town planned to auction Tuesday to settle delinquent tax bills.

O’Brien publicist Drew Shane issued a statement saying O’Brien had been unaware he owed back taxes. He blamed the problem on a clerical error that prevented the bill from reaching O’Brien’s accountant in Los Angeles.

The 51-year-old O’Brien grew up in neighboring Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard.

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