Leno vs. Conan: It’s Officially Over

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2012 at 5:19 pm,

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After two weeks, it’s finally over. The last proverbial nail has been put in the coffin of everyone’s favorite ginger-haired talk show host, as NBC and Conan O’Brien have released a “joint statement” showing you that no matter who you are, NBC has no problem screwing you over… unless you’re the one that pushed Johnny Carson out, stole The Tonight Show from David Letterman, gave it away and then stole it back again from Conan O’Brien.

All while never spending a penny of the money you’ve earned… (Keep bragging about that, Jay, there’s no way that statement won’t make people resent you.)

STATEMENT FROM NBC AND CONAN O’BRIEN:

NBC and Conan O’Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrounding O’Brien’s contract to host “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.”

Under terms of an agreement that was signed earlier today, NBC and O’Brien will settle their contractual obligations and the network will release O’Brien from his contract, freeing him to pursue other opportunities after September 1, 2010.

O’Brien will make his final appearance as host of “The Tonight Show” on January 22.

So, this is how it ends. A short statement so bland and humorless that you know it was either written by someone from NBC… or one of Leno’s writers. At least this gives Conan the ability to go to other networks. The one thing I’m curious about is whether Conan’s intellectual property is included in the final agreement.

If not, expect to see Triumph The Insult Comic Dog on Leno with a different voice and horrible jokes. Then when someone calls Jay out for lifting one of Conan’s bits we can all listen to him lie and tells us how Steven Allen used to run around with a plastic dog on his hand back in the 60’s.

With the big chin gone from the 10 O’clock spot, there is now room for real programs to take his place. And since NBC canceled any show that could be put in that spot (cough – Southland – cough) they’re relying on their current stock of shows by ordering more their Thursday night comedies (Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock). Tell me, how good is Chuck looking now, Mr. Peacock?

The question is… do I really care? Not really. Sure, NBC completely screwed over Conan and I know Jay had more to do with it than the passive-aggressive skunk-haired host will ever admit, but when it comes down to it, I’m fine with whatever happens.

That means I’d also be fine if Comcast tore through NBC, ripping the entire network apart since the only reason they bought it in the first place was for the actual, physical, cable lines.

…Just don’t touch USA or SyFy. Please.

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Now that everything is said and done, signed and sealed, are you ready to get back to your normal days without having to hear about Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien, or are you sad that this conclusion will the bring to an end the recent “edgy” material and sucker-punches the late-night hosts have been giving each other lately?

Make sure to turn into The Tonight Show this Friday to say goodbye to Conan and then never turn in again.

Or, if you must, you can catch The Tonight Show (with Jay Leno) starting March 1 @11:35PM on NBC and catch Conan O’Brien not being able to work until September 1.

Source: NBC

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  1. It's IMPORTANT to note that NBC paid Conan and his ppl $44 million. $33m was for Conan but he took money out of HIS OWN POCKET to further compensate his staff. Now that's character.

    Leno came out of this looking really bad in my eyes and a lot of other ppl's eyes. I will NEVER watch his show (I used to occasionally) and I hope Letterman kicks his a$$ in ratings.

    I'm glad the public and celebrities came down hard on Leno and NBC. This was a mess. Glad it's over and Conan will always have a fan in me.

  2. wow… tell us how you really feel. :O

  3. “Leno came out of this looking really bad in my eyes and a lot of other ppl's eyes. I will NEVER watch his show (I used to occasionally) “

    That's exactly how I feel. His antics have turned me off to watching him ever again. What was done to Conan was wrong, imo.

  4. What stands out about this story, to me, are all the shows NBC canceled in order to “save money” at the end of last season. That was the reason Leno moved into the primetime hour, to help NBC cut costs.

  5. I agree with everyone else. Wasn't a big fan of Leno before all of this started and now I will for sure not watch any show ever that has his name tagged on at the end.

  6. i couldnt care less, they've all got more money than most of us could ever have. atleast he can live off the money hes got without working another day. thats not the real world.

    its not asif you gunna see dude begging for change on the corner.

  7. ” A short statement so bland and humorless that you know it was either written by someone from NBC… or one of Leno’s writers”
    ZINGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I never watched Conan or Leno, so I really couldn't care less, but that's really messed up. Poor Conan.

  8. ………………………$%@# NBC

  9. You realize in a year no one will give a damn about this right?? Lenos ratings will be fine, the general public isn't the the people on the message boards complaining and saying poor Conan boohoo.Does it suck? Yes it sucks but Conan will get a new show on another network(which lets be real kids will do about as well as his show was doing) and that will be the end of it.

  10. Maybe I will have to start watching Dave Letterman(even if i dont like him). Only thing left on NBC for me is Chuck.

  11. dude don't cry out load
    you get paid more when you get to service more people
    the larger the crowed the bigger amount of cash
    this is simple math that it even doesn't need to be learned in junior school but nobody notices it

    anyway i don't like the sight of Conan and Leno is like blah to me . only Letterman and Craig Ferguson

  12. “or one of Leno’s writers” lol

  13. for anyone thats interested or cares. You should read conans last monologue and closing statement from his last hosting of the tonight show..

    funny to beging with, then he blows you away with his character at the end.

    when september rolls around, ill make it a point to watch the hell out of the new show.

  14. for anyone thats interested or cares. You should read conans last monologue and closing statement from his last hosting of the tonight show..

    funny to beging with, then he blows you away with his character at the end.

    when september rolls around, ill make it a point to watch the hell out of the new show.