LOS ANGELES – Conan O'Brien says he's rejecting NBC's attempt to move "The Tonight Show" to a post-midnight slot to accommodate Jay Leno's return to late-night. In a statement Tuesday, O'Brien says that NBC has given him a scant seven months to try to establish himself as host of "Tonight."
NBC wants to move "The Jay Leno Show" out of prime-time and to the 11:35 p.m. EST daily slot, bumping "Tonight" to 12:05 p.m. EST.
O'Brien said he hoped he and NBC could resolve the issue quickly so he could do a show of which he and his crew could be proud — "for a company that values our work" — raising the possibility he might go to another network. But he said he has no such offer.
This whole thing is a mess. Everything was fine until NBC tried to please both parties. They should have let Leno stay on at The Tonight Show where he was kicking the shit out of Letterman in the ratings game. They did the dumbest thing firing Jay, and now Letterman is head to head with Conan the clown. Leno is the one that brings in the viewers, so they should fire Conan and put Leno back where he belongs. I’m not a big fan of late night TV, but if I do watch it, I watch Leno, not Letterman or Conan.
Now they’ll probably stick Leno behind Conan. It seems they’re doing everything to please the Clown and not the veteran. In my opinion anyway, NBC doesn’t have much to offer, and if they get rid of Leno, they won’t have anything worth watching.
What’s your take on this late night disaster?