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Leno Slams NBC: "A Complete Disaster" (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/11/leno-announces-his-show-w_n_419524.html
Leno went on to slam NBC's decision making process. "NBC said the show performed exactly as they expected it would and then canceled us. Don't confuse this when we were on at late night and performed better than expected and they canceled us. That was totally different,"

"Supposedly we're moving to 11:30. Even this is not for sure. My people are upset. Conan's people are upset. Hey, NBC said it wanted drama at 10:00 -- now they've got it! Everyone's mad,"

He ended his monologue with one last insult. "I take pride in one thing. I leave NBC prime time the same way I found it -- a complete disaster."

Conan Blasts NBC Over Tonight Show Shake Up (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/conan-blasts-nbc-over-tonight-show_n_419586.html

"Star in a Lifetime original movie about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship with her network."
"Bring sanity back to NBC by hiring Gary Busey as head of programming."
"Leave television altogether, and work in a classier business with better people, like hard core porn."
 

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Ruh Roh... Funny just went ugly...

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Conan O'Brien released the following statement.
People of Earth:
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
SOURCE Conan O’Brien
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=xprnw.20100112.LA36584&show_article=1

NBC = :crazy:
 

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Leno is a manipulative, backstabbing shit, and always has been. His "edgy, anti-NBC rant" is him trying to make himself look like he's not the bad guy in this.

The fact of the matter is his 10pm show didn't come close to the ratings it was supposed to deliver, it provided no lead in for local news or The Tonight Show (which got a better lead in from summer re-runs while Leno was transitioning from 11:35 to 10:00). He's not particularly funny, and NBC needs to decide whether they want to cater to the older demographic that Leno appeals to or try to go after the coveted 25-49 demo in which Conan has a strong advantage.

Here's another take from wwtdd.com:
http://www.wwtdd.com/2010/01/conan-tells-nbc-to-fk-itself-is-leaving-the-tonight-show/ said:

Less than an hour ago, Conan O’Brien released a statement announcing that he will not sit by while NBC breaks promises made to him and his staff over the past six years and twists technicalities in his contract to move ‘the Tonight Show’ in order to make room for Jay Leno. In part it reads…
Conan O'Brien said:
The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show.
…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.
The good news is that Leno and NBC can use that “us against the world” mentality to “circle the wagons” and motivate themselves. The bad news is that the mentality is completely justified and everyone hates them.
 

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where ever Conan goes, I go. Really wonder what is going on in jay's world?? When he left, he should have closed shop and started the TOP GEAR of America (or something).
 

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Leno is a manipulative, backstabbing shit, and always has been. His "edgy, anti-NBC rant" is him trying to make himself look like he's not the bad guy in this.
This almost sounds personal. Did he not call you back after a drunken date or something?
 

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Leno is funny, but lost his edginess just about the time he stopped appearing on Letterman. In fact, a good friend of mine saw him do a stand-up set last weekend and he said he was amusing but not really LOL funny.

Conan kicks ass, funny. Case in point.... "Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it's always been that way."
 

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These guys are funny, and Conan is definitely superior to Leno, but the Tonight Show hasn't been the Tonight Show since Johnny left. All these late night shows use the same formula and act as vehicles for stars to promote their latest whatever. Even the music acts are just there to play one hit at the end of the show.

You'll never see the likes of Bob Hope, Dean Martin and George Gobel together (and drunk) on any of today's late night shows.
 

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These guys are funny, and Conan is definitely superior to Leno, but the Tonight Show hasn't been the Tonight Show since Johnny left. All these late night shows use the same formula and act as vehicles for stars to promote their latest whatever. Even the music acts are just there to play one hit at the end of the show.

You'll never see the likes of Bob Hope, Dean Martin and George Gobel together (and drunk) on any of today's late night shows.
I can't watch it at work, but I assume it's the one with Dean Martin ashing his cigarette into George Goebel's drink? Cuz that's funny.

See, really it isn't about Leno and Conan. It's about freedom and not being PC. Sounds crazy today, but those guys were drunk and drinking/smoking on live TV and it was cool.

TV entertainment just sucks today compared to Carson's day.
 

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Did you notice it's clip 4 of 5? Someone posted the entire show in five segments! I remember watching that show when I was in high school and laughing my ass off
 

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Dave is still the king of late night talk. :bowdown:
and Dave is an order of magnitude more entertaining than Conan on Conan's best day. I find Conan to be pretty sophomoric and petty. maybe its his delivery, as well, but I can't stand to watch him.
 

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I like Leno, I really like Conan...but the bottom line is that none of these guys can compete with an hour of the Simpsons in syndication on the CW Network every weeknight :D

Interestingly enough, many of those episodes contained Conan's writing.
 
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