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Old 01-12-2010, 08:07 PM
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Conan / Leno debacle

Conan O'Brien issued a statement today saying he will not follow Leno at 12:05. I've always been a fan of Conan and I'm glad he's sticking to his guns.

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In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky. That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.
But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.
Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn't the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn't matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.
There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.
Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it's always been that way.
Yours,
Conan
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Leno and NBC Strike 1 Hour 'Tonight' Deal | TMZ.com
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Jay Leno has made a new deal with NBC, which gives him "The Tonight Show" from 11:35 - 12:35 ... sources tell TMZ.
Goodbye Coco.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:39 PM
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Ok, let me see if I got this, Jay Leno "retired", then did some show, now he is coming back from retirement to do the Tonight show... again?
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so stupid. who watches Jay Leno? He's not funny. poor Conan!
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^old people and idiots.
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Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn't the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
boo fucking hoo. Just take the timeslot and stop acting like a victim
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boo fucking hoo. Just take the timeslot and stop acting like a victim
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:17 PM
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ughh I can't find one of him crying like a baby but when I do I will post it.
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I don't care how many variations of this I see, I always laugh.

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omg, rofl

Not a fan of Kimmel, but he trashed Leno on his own show tonight and I loved it.
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They are going to do whats best for their ratings and from what I read earlier today the ratings are down since Leno left.

I could really care less though.....
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I love Conan I agree, who the hell gives a shit about Jay Leno.
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this letter proved to the world that: Leno's an ASS,Coco's got CLASS!
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it's about time that leno went home and spent some time with his family and let conan make us happy!
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last show tonight
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Sucks so bad. I like them both but I find Conan a lot funnier.
I think Jimmy Kimmel is a jerk. In fact, I despise him. What he said about Leno was really rude.
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Did anyone see when Conan had Adam Sandler on the other night? Freaking hilarious!

I liked Conan better than Leno
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Robin Williams killed it on Thursday night! I love that guy.
And I cried during Coco's speech on Friday=(
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Conan's Tour -- No Bread for the Redhead | TMZ.com
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Conan O'Brien' isn't making a single cent off his upcoming 30 city comedy tour -- sources tell TMZ that Coco is doing the whole thing so he can employ his former "Tonight Show" staff.
This is so great. Makes me want to take a dump in all of Leno's cars.
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the shows are completely sold out though and fuckin stubhub scalpers are selling tix at a rate of 3x and up
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