In an appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 2007, Lauren Graham discussed wrapping up the show’s final season. “It was an amazing part, it was a great experience, and I can’t remember one thing that happened,” she told O’Brien when asked about her final days saying goodbye to the character.
While devoted fans can remember every little detail of the show, Graham described how it had all blurred together in her mind. She recalled one specific instance of a producer shooting the last episode telling her she would probably want to take Lorelai’s monkey lamp home when they were finished. When O’Brien asked what that was, she humorously replied, “Exactly, I have no idea!”
Graham did take the monkey lamp, albeit not remembering its importance on the show. While the monkey lamp lingers in most shots of Rory and Lorelai’s living room, loyal fans will remember that Lorelai bought the “semi-pornographic leering monkey lamp” after exchanging Baccarat crystal candlesticks that her mother, Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop), had gifted her.
Graham also remarked how she couldn’t recall the origins of some iconic lines on the show, like “Oy with the poodles already.” She told O’Brien, “There were too many things … I just memorized it, and then I forgot.”