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Old 01-12-2010, 03:53 PM   #121
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Classy statement. Nowhere in his statement does it explicitly state that he's leaving the show. Wonder what will happen? I hope NBC does the right thing and just cancels Leno and lets Conan keep his show.
I really hope this happens. Leno just isn't funny to me, while I love Conans crazy sense of humor
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:09 PM   #122
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I still can't get over the fact that it took Jay Leno three years to establish his dominance over Letterman for good, and that they want to yank Conan after seven months.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:33 PM   #123
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In the last few days, Iíve 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, Iíve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, Iíve been absurdly lucky. That said, Iíve 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 isnít 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 doesnít 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; itís always been that way.

Yours,

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Old 01-12-2010, 04:52 PM   #124
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:54 PM   #125
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 05:03 PM   #126
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I still can't get over the fact that it took Jay Leno three years to establish his dominance over Letterman for good, and that they want to yank Conan after seven months.
It's because that old, not funny, washed-out comedian is still fucking there and didn't leave like Carson. Really pisses me off.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:05 PM   #127
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:11 PM   #128
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:11 PM   #129
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I really love his statement. He has a a few nice jabs at NBC.

"NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule."

I'm glad he isn't backing down. It's his spot, Jay keeps talking like he was kicked out of the Tonight Show gig to get sympathy.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:31 PM   #130
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he was taking all sorts of awesome cheap shots last night.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:27 PM   #131
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They're treating him like Letterman back in the 90s. This is lame. Personally, I was still adjusting to his new format. It's just a shame that NBC treats Conan like this.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:27 PM   #132
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Now what if this all just a plan by NBC to boost it's ratings? This story is being broadcast on every major network. People are probably tuning in now to Conan and maybe Leno at 10. Of course Lenos show is still gone, but I bet NBC will announce that Conan will stay at 11:35pm and Leno will be let go, or possibly offered a Sunday night talk show (maybe the 11:30 time slot).
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:03 PM   #133
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not a fucking chance in hell this is just for ratings.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:11 PM   #134
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Here's what should be done. I'll number the steps for clarity.

1. NBC should cancel The Jay Leno Show that airs weeknights at 10PM.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:28 PM   #135
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it looks like all signs are pointing to conan leaving and leno probably getting the tonight show back just the way it used to be.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:02 PM   #136
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Jay Leno will get his one-hour show back, and it will be called "The Tonight Show".... sources tell TMZ.

We're told NBC honchos still have to sit down with Jay's rep and put the finishing touches on a new deal, but NBC has signed off on the plan if Conan O'Brien leaves ... and Conan has made it clear that he's leaving the network, and not on good terms.

O'Brien took several cheap shots at Leno in his blistering letter, denigrating Leno's show as a "comedy program."

Sources tell TMZ Jay and Conan have not spoken with each other since NBC announced the switch.

It's looking increasingly like Conan may be making a deal with Fox for a late night show from 11:00 PM to midnight.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:19 PM   #137
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I would watch Conan on fox from 11 til 12, is Andy coming along?
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:45 PM   #138
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:55 AM   #139
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Hasn't Conan been NBCs payroll longer than Jay Leno? Conan was writting for SNL way back in 1987. I know Jay Leno would sit in sometimes for Carson on The Tonight Show, but this is complete bullshit what NBC is doing to Conan. Since when is Jay Leno NBCs Golden Boy? Who's going to take over The Tonight Show when Jay decides to retire again, Jimmy Fallon I guess every show needs a good time to end. It's a shame NBC is doing this to TTS. Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Jack Paar and Steve Allen must be rolling in their graves right now.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:20 AM   #140
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Leno has been NBC's golden boy for over ten years. what do you mean "since when" and jay is looking healthy as ever and is only 59, he has at least 10 years left in him to host.

anyway, kimmel has topped everyone in the ripping on Leno. scroll down, you won't be disappointed:
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kimmel once again proves himself to be late night's dark horse. the guy deserves so much more recognition.
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