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January 16th, 2010
All this week has been filled with Conan O’Brien VS Jay Leno wars. Everybody was talking about it, and everyone is still talking about it! If you happen to have not heard, (in which case where have you been?) Jay Leno is getting “The Tonight Show” back, even though Conan hasn’t even had it for a year. Eek! Conan was offered a later spot, but kindly refused in this letter that is definitely worth the read. Here’s a lil exerpt…
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.
Awwweee :( Poor Coco. I’ll be straight up with you. I’m on team Conan. I have and always will be. There’s something I love just about his lanky gingerness. His jokes can make me tear up with laughter. And he looks like a Finnish Prime Minester.
Jay Leno? Not so much.
I don’t seem to be the only people to be on Team Coco. Not only are fan everywhere going Facebook groups and Tweeting about it everyday, but other late night TV hosts are also stating their opinions. And most of their opinions are pro Coco. Thursday night Jay Leno had Jimmy Kimmel on his showing during his “10 and 10″ spot, and to put in plainly? Jimmy tore him to shreds. Hilarious shreds.
Later that Thursday night on his own show, Conan discussed everything that was going on. Realizing that he may not have much time left, he decided to put “The Tonight Show” up for sale on Craigslist. For real.
4 SALE: BARELY-USED LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW – MAKE ME AN OFFER!!! (Universal Studios)
This is a chance of a lifetime to own your very own late night talk show–guaranteed to last for up to seven months!! Really must see to appreciate.
Information for potential buyers:
- Measures 100’ x 100’ x 32’ – plenty of room for a futon!
- Designed for 11:35 but can be easily moved
- Band can be sold separately
- Buyer must honor Barry Manilow booking next Thursday
MAKE ME YOUR BEST OFFER!!!!! (Also willing to trade for Coldplay tickets.)
Amazing right? So I was thinking. I may not have money but maybe they’d go for some bartering? I could offer up homemade cookies for life? Mix tapes? Fashion advice?
What do you think? What price would you pay for “The Tonight Show”? Who’s team are YOU on? Conan or Leno?