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Conan O'Brien rejects NBC move of 'Tonight Show'

In a letter to fans on Tuesday, Conan O'Brien said he was rejecting NBC's decision to move "The Tonight Show" to 12:05 p.m. He said he was hoping for a quick resolution from the company. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  January 12, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I wouldn't be surprised if O'Brien is a decent fellow, kind to children and puppies, even helping old ladies cross the street; he is not, however, funny. Repeat: NOT funny.
Jay Leno is.
It will be nice to have Jay back where he belongs, bedeviling Dave. Cosmic symmetry is restored.

Posted by: ctenwith | January 12, 2010 4:47 PM

Time for Jay to stay home, play with his cars, spend some money.

Posted by: fred35 | January 12, 2010 4:48 PM

No offense, Ctenwith, but Jay Leno is NOT funny either.

Posted by: Osteph | January 12, 2010 4:50 PM

Conan is so much better then Jay. I have to wonder about the people who think Jay is funny, he is so lame, but to each his own. You go Conan, you will bounce back and hopefully move back to NYC in the process.

Posted by: jtsw | January 12, 2010 4:51 PM

Steverino ! Where are you when we need you?
He will always be the best and most innovative.

Posted by: melhorowitz | January 12, 2010 4:55 PM

Jay announced that he was leaving the Tonight Show. Then he decided to stay for a 10PM slot. Now, he wants back. Sorry, pal. It doesn't work that way. Conan took me a while to figure out, but he is way funnier than Leno TODAY. And a good point. How can you call it a TONIGHT Show if it starts tomorrow? Call it The Tomorrow Show or the Morning Show? (West Coast, stay out of it !)

Posted by: slappygilmore | January 12, 2010 4:56 PM

As long as CBS has Letterman and Ferguson, who cares what NBC does.

Posted by: igsoper | January 12, 2010 4:58 PM

The real action is Comedy Central, not with any of these stale, inoffensive, corporate-approved has-beens and never-wases.

Posted by: micron26 | January 12, 2010 5:01 PM

Conan is ten times funnier than Jay. And has more charisma. Jay is a walking stiff.

Posted by: serranorr | January 12, 2010 5:03 PM

If Conan could control his hair, maybe he would be funny.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 12, 2010 5:05 PM

Conan is the man. Comic genius. And seemingly a stand-up guy. The big-wigs at NBC are trying to have their cake and eat it too. Much respect to Conan for saying no dice.

Posted by: bdsulli | January 12, 2010 5:07 PM

What Conan has done is heartfelt and classy. He shows respect for what is, and always has been, the Tonight Show. It's nice to see someone act out of principle. Personally, I still prefer Dave. Nevertheless, I admire what Conan has done for all of us.

Posted by: brucetoby | January 12, 2010 5:09 PM

Jay Leno stopped being funny about 5 years ago, which is roughly when I stopped watching his Tonight Show (unless they had some great guest on that night). Conan brought me back to the 11:35 time slot on NBC. Conan's right -- if he's moved to 12:05am, I'll turn the TV off after the 11pm local news and that'll be that.

Stick to your guns, Conan...

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | January 12, 2010 5:09 PM

Jay Leno stopped being funny about 5 years ago, which is roughly when I stopped watching his Tonight Show regularly (unless they had some great guest on that night). Conan brought me back to the 11:35 time slot on NBC. Conan's right -- if he's moved to 12:05am, I'll turn the TV off after the 11pm local news and that'll be that.

Stick to your guns, Conan...

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | January 12, 2010 5:10 PM

Jay was my man. Conan was better when he came on after Jay and had the insult comic dog.

Since Jay has been gone, I've come to like Letterman and Ferguson more than the others.

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2010 5:13 PM

My mother, who is in her 70's, who thinks that immigrant run businesses are trying to "take" her money, and thought death panels were real, thinks Leno is funny. What else is there to be said?

Rock on, Conan!

Posted by: janeway1 | January 12, 2010 5:13 PM

CONAN is BORING...

NBC should have let Jay remain as the Tonight Show host...he had the ratings.
Conan thought he deserved the slot that Jay
had reigned over for years. What goes around comes around....

I prefer the Letterman show....

Posted by: roseny | January 12, 2010 5:15 PM

Team Conan!! Eff Jay Leno, what am I missing? Day is done, keep it moving.

Posted by: dcurbangurl | January 12, 2010 5:16 PM

Which ever host had the better ratings should continue on with the Tonight Show.
I believe that was Jay...so Jay should host.

Posted by: dfarrior | January 12, 2010 5:22 PM

What I do know is that Jay`s act is like an old vaudville routine...DEFINATLY NOT FUNNY.

I think Letterman is funny and sometimes watch him. Leno should bid farewell to TV Land..and let fresh acts like Conan take over.
Say good night Jay..Good night and good bye Conan!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | January 12, 2010 5:25 PM

I was so glad to see Conan take over the Tonight Show. NBC has treated him with great disrespect, and I admire the stand he's making.

Posted by: xGinax | January 12, 2010 5:27 PM

I was so looking forward to Conan's version of the Tonight show, but I was honestly disappointed and took it off Tivo.

Posted by: upland_bill | January 12, 2010 5:29 PM

Conan is good. Instead of forcing NBC to give him the Tonight Show, he should have gone to other network 5 years ago.

Posted by: eusa | January 12, 2010 5:29 PM

I prefer Jay to both Conan and Dave, but I think Conan is absolutely right to dig in his heels. If NBC doesn't want him at 11:35, they should fire him. If they're not going to fire him, they should double down their bet on him. The real story here is NBC's incompetent executives trying to have their cake and eat it too. All it's gotten them so far is ticked-off affiliates, five big gaps in the schedule at 10:00, and an audience at 11:35 that's half its former size.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | January 12, 2010 5:32 PM

Informative, classy statement from a brilliant guy.Havent watched either of them with any regularity, but in general, I do not like executive Bullies. It's THEIR mess, and they may lose more ratings and precious comic genius as a result. So be it.

Posted by: mseagram1 | January 12, 2010 5:34 PM

Conan has shown infinitely more class than Jay Leno, who's demonstrating the same kind of selfish attitude that soiled his reputation when he schemed his way into a Tonight Show slot that was destined for his friend, David Letterman. One can only hope that if Leno succeeds in his childish demands for the 11:35 time slot, he bombs - beaten badly by a far superior Letterman show, and eventually by Conan whereever he turns up.

On the other hand, perhaps the NBC pinheads will come to their senses and throw Leno under the bus as their last act before competent management get rid of the whole bunch of them.

How sad that a once great network and broadcasting franchise has fallen this low.

Posted by: BethesdaDad | January 12, 2010 5:38 PM

Leno appeals to an older crowd. If you are 40 years old or younger than you most likely think Conan is funnier. Those are the people who stay up to watch the tonight show so keep Conan.

However, this is all a mute point because the Daily show and Colbert Report are waaaay funnier, have more substance, and interview guests much better and they run from 11:00 - 12:00. Hey, maybe that's why they want Conan to start at 12:05 so they pick up the huge demographic of people that just finished watched Stewart and Colbert on comedy central.

Posted by: pharringt | January 12, 2010 5:38 PM

Leno clearly has pictures of NBC execs dressed up in women's clothing or touching underage teens. There is no other explanation for his ability to force out both Letterman and Conan.

So long NBC.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | January 12, 2010 5:48 PM

That was an incredibly classy statement. And a perfect contrast to Leno's sour grapes whining last night about "getting fired".

Posted by: auntiemare | January 12, 2010 5:51 PM

O'brien always appears uncomfortable on the show and he appeared that way on the his late night show. It makes many viewers feel uncomfortable as well. I'm sure he's funny, but not the right funny for the tonight show or maybe TV. Conan maybe better suited to stand-up where is audience actually pays hard cash to get in.

Bottom line; people are not watching his version of the Tonight Show for a reason, the ratings prove it and no industry understands ratings and numbers better than TV networks, except for politicians perhaps.

Johnny Carson's ghost haunts Leno, O'brien and the Tonight Show.

O'brien is doing the right thing if he moves on ... it's a slap in the celebrity chops to be shuffled like NBC is doing. I guess there isn't a really nice way to say, you suck and we're making a change.

Posted by: Topper2u | January 12, 2010 5:53 PM

Dave has rarely been funny since his move to CBS - he's become a mean and bitter person. I actually remember his afternoon show on NBC, which was much kinder. I think his and Conan's humor is much more off-beat and closer to Steve Allen's. Jay Leno is funny too...just a different kind of funny.

Posted by: azulu1 | January 12, 2010 5:55 PM

Hold your ground Conan. The NBC suits totally screwed this up. If my job had promised me a promotion, and I relocated my family across the entire country in accepting it, only to have that promotion taken away less than a year later, I would not be as classy as Conan.

Posted by: bogardp | January 12, 2010 6:00 PM

I think NBC should give "The Tonight Show" name back to Jay Leno, as well as moving him back to the time slot.

I tried to watch Conan's version of "Tonight" and hate it. I've tuned out. Conan has totally changed the format of the show from what was so popular for so many years! He didn't respect the franchise he was entrusted with!

Posted by: Kathy8 | January 12, 2010 6:02 PM

Can't blame Jay or Conan. All the blame goes to NBC for this whole mess. I think there both great host and also funny. Not fair to Conan and I wish him well. NBC screwed up big time.


Posted by: kubrickstan | January 12, 2010 6:10 PM

Leno stopped being funny 15 years ago. Conan is so much funnier that NBC should have replaced Leno years and years ago. But then again, NBC stuck with Carson when he was WAY past being funny and was just warming the chair until he finally retired. He was the absolute worst.

Having said that, Letterman has been the best thing on late night TV for nearly 30 years.

Posted by: B-rod | January 12, 2010 6:15 PM

"Bottom line; people are not watching his version of the Tonight Show for a reason, the ratings prove it and no industry understands ratings and numbers better than TV networks, except for politicians perhaps."

It doesn't help that NBC affiliates' local news ratings are down almost 60% thanks to Leno's weak lead-in.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | January 12, 2010 6:16 PM

Truth to tell, neither Conan O'Brien or Jay Leno are all that funny. Leno is downright boring and O'Brien is just a no-talent idiot. NBC should get rid of both of them. I wonder, though, whether the real problem is that the talk show format just doesn't work, especially with so many comedy shows of one kind or another on cable tv these days. And today, who needs to have some celebrity comic chatting up other celebrities? Been there, done that in the 1950s and 60s. Time to move on.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 12, 2010 6:20 PM

I've never been a fan of either Jay Leno or Conan O'Brien. When Leno made this move, I thought that he was out of his league and it wouldn't work out. At the same time, I was a little surprised that the Tonight Show slot was given to Conan O'Brien. Just as Leno isn't a "quite ready for prime time player", neither is O'Brien ready for the big league of the Tonight Show.

I personally think that the proposed solution by NBC is a fair and equitable one. After all, neither show alone is quite making the grade. Combining the two shows together, however, puts it back on a more complimentary keel.

That NBC is giving Leno only an half-hour is to O'Brien's credit. Unfortunately, it is to his miscredit that he is behaving so badly. Does O'Brien think he will lose his audience if he starts 30 minutes later? Didn't Leno have a good numbers game going when he hosted the Tonight Show?

O'Brien would serve himself far better if he remained calm and behaved more graciously toward this change of plans. Obviously, it is Leno that is in the hot seat, and not O'Brien. Unless he wants to put himself there, that is.

Posted by: kentuckywoman2 | January 12, 2010 6:22 PM

Oops. That would be "to his 'discredit'", not 'miscredit' as in my typo, above.

Posted by: kentuckywoman2 | January 12, 2010 6:26 PM

TEAM CONAN RULES! Jay has never been and never will be funny. Maybe he can be a guest panalist for Palin's new show on Fox. The only funny thing Jay ever did was headlines and ever those were weak. Conan is hilarious. Hopefully he can save the Tonight show!

Posted by: KilBodyFreeMind | January 12, 2010 6:30 PM

nbc has mismanaged the tonight show since carson retired. now they are selling to comcast. what a bunch of tards.

Posted by: BMACattack | January 12, 2010 6:36 PM

Question: Who's funnier--Conan or Jay?
Answer: Jon Stewart

In fairness, Conan is funny when he can be subversive, which is what his old slot was great for--an outsider making fun of talk-show conventions and everything else (especially manatee porn). H e never belonged in the Tonight Show slot--which is kind of a compliment to him.

Posted by: solarcholo | January 12, 2010 6:38 PM

shame on NBC, shame on Jay Leno for tacitly letting this happen. mr. o'brien is the only one demonstrating any integrity.

and anyone who doesn't find Conan absolutely hilarious is either too old or too young to be staying up past 11:30 anyways.

Posted by: trclark9 | January 12, 2010 6:39 PM

...who's Conan O'Brien???

Posted by: Chris_VA | January 12, 2010 6:43 PM

Jay is quite good but not good enough to push back Tonight Show with Conan. I think the new arrangement will be that Jay does occasional specials and Conan is at 11:35.
Dave is Dave, Fallon and Ferguson are both really funny. If Jay takes 11:35, he will still not be able to take over Dave now. So I think NBC will stick with Conan and give Jay occasional specials.

Posted by: anonie | January 12, 2010 6:48 PM

Conan did the right thing. NBC is dangling this entire decision in front of the world instead of taking responsibility for managing their programming (as they are paid so well to do). Conan has integrity; to Hell with NBC!

Posted by: FormerMarylander | January 12, 2010 6:50 PM

I am so dissapointed of NBC. They shouldnt change Leno and Conan in the first place i mean, why nobody havent said anything about Jimmy Fallon? I think CONAN is a lot better than Jay, and even better than Jimmy. Conan is so talented, funny, different, if you see has a lot of different seccions on his show even characters. Im so sad about the all situation. But im gonna be supporting Conan, no matter what station... thanks.

Posted by: norah_patricia | January 12, 2010 6:50 PM

Ratings = money. NBC needs money.

O'Brien could not deliver the ratings at 11.35 pm.

Leno could not deliver the ratings at 10 pm.

Most sensible solution:

Put Leno back in the 11.35 pm slot. ASAP.

NBC does not have the time to play around.

"It's not personal, fellas, it's business."

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 12, 2010 6:51 PM

Leno didn't start to win the late night battle until Hugh Grant handed him a moment. Likewise, Conan will need his moment, and he'll get it at some point.

Problem is NBC, who forgets that it takes time for an audience to take root. Conan is a 15-20 year investment, not a 6 month investment.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 12, 2010 7:24 PM

@WHATHESAID: NBC doesn't need the money like they used to, not with Comcast buying a majority stake in their operations.

Posted by: hobbes9 | January 12, 2010 7:28 PM

Over the years, and especially in this case, the TV honchos have proven over and over again that they are completely clueless. He should stay put, and insist on doing so. Just following the general logic of "if it ain't broke - dont' fix it". I don't even like Conan, and wanted to like Leno but did not. The networks are nuts, if they happen onto a good show that I like and watch they move it every few months until I give up chasing it. Best example - no Lost until February. What genius decided to keep one of the best shows on TV OFF TV for the fall season?

Posted by: madlyf | January 12, 2010 7:32 PM

Now here is a great idea:
Tonight show with Jay Leno
Late show with Conan O'Brien

Pa leeeze

Most of the late night shows are garbage. Most are out of their element, yes, this includes struck on himself Craig and fumbler Jimmie.

I have seen Jay in person and he is fantastic. Blame his monolog on his writers. Conan's jig with the m;usician is pathetic, gagging,etc.
David is boring, can only expect belches and farts from him.

So Conan can go, milions are standing in the wings that might appreciate the job more. Give Jay wheatever he wants, NBC screwed him over.

Stop dragging this out, announce the two old shows back and tell Leno and Obrien to shut up and entertain us

Posted by: Roosevelt1 | January 12, 2010 7:34 PM

who cares

Posted by: cqbrodie | January 12, 2010 7:35 PM

Jay Leno sucks. He's old, he's conservative and just isnt funny. I saw him live at the commissioning party for the GHW Bush CVN-77 carrier in Norfolk, and no one even paid attention to him who was under 45.
Conan is now...and he's funny. Leno comes off like a prima donna with this move. retire leno...go away...

Posted by: kirinbeer96701 | January 12, 2010 7:48 PM

NBC sucks

Posted by: bofus | January 12, 2010 7:52 PM

Leno is the unfunny equivalent of Brett Farve. Be a gentleman, retire already and give Conan some room like Johnny did for you.

Posted by: bbarger1 | January 12, 2010 7:53 PM

Conan is acting like a very spoiled & weird juvenile. In other words, normal for Conan. And he is rarely funny.

Posted by: 1observer | January 12, 2010 8:08 PM

Good for Conan to stand his ground. NBC made a commitment when he signed his contract back in then. Now NBC is using legal words to say that is not what they promise him even though that was what was reported with Jay Leno and NBC never denying that was the case. Jay was sneaky to get the job from Dave Letterman and now is using the same tricks to steal Conan's job. Jay's true character really comes thru. As for the NBC executives that do not honor their words, no wonder everyone holds Hollywood to such a low esteem. Like they say, what goes around comes around and the NBC execs will get to lose their jobs in the future after they have destroyed such a long icon show. Shame on them.

Posted by: Bill5193 | January 12, 2010 8:16 PM

Who's funny, Leno vs Conan -- humor is subjective, of course, and generally speaking, it's a generational thing. Older people don't get Conan, younger people think Leno is lame. Then there are individual preferences-- e.g., gen-xers who hate Conan but love Letterman.

So it all depends on who is up watching TV at 1135 pm.

Me, I'm watching stuff on Hulu/Netflix/Boxee around that time and don't care either way.

Regardless, good move on Conan's part for not letting himself be tossed around by NBC.

Posted by: alarico | January 12, 2010 8:18 PM

Yah gotta luv it!

NBC is run by a bunch who think they, like GM's management, they KNOW what's best for their buying public.

Instead of quality, they throw us quanity. We, the paying customers don't like being forced to choose between 3 hours of so called comedy. What we want is quality.

Sara Palin is funnier than all 3, Leno, Conan and Fallon.

What could be funnier than when ask of Sara, what is your most favorite city in the world? She replies, France. And thinks because she could see Russia from her back yard, she knows foreign affairs.

Now that's funny.

Although I alway thought Conan was corny with his puppet strings, he's right to stand up for what he signed a contract for. He has a staff and support people who depend on his ability to protect his turf.

FIRE NBC management!

Yah gotta luv it!

Posted by: WhoCaresAnyMore | January 12, 2010 8:22 PM

There are two ways for Conan to play it: 1) Stay with the Tonight show and force the network's hand. Then after Jay flops at 11:35 with a 30 minute show that isn't funny and is too short, the network will be forced to choose between Jay and Conan. If they choose Jay, then Conan gets a huge payout and the network loses the fan base for mistreating Conan, or 2) Leave the Tonight show and give Jay (the baby) back his toy, and then go head-to-head with the big baby.

I think option 2 is more risky, and having three viable late night shows (Letterman, Jay and Conan)reduces the value of all three. I think the path Conan is taking is to make it known that he's not happy with moving to a new timeslot. Conan's statement never said that he intended to leave the Tonight show. At the same time, he made it clear that he didnt want to accept the new timeslot.

This is going to be a big battle... and Conan will win this battle of wits.

Posted by: jvtade1 | January 12, 2010 9:11 PM

Thank you, Conan, for issuing a real statement and not one written by PR people and lawyers.

Personally, and it's just an opinion so deal with it, is that Jay Leno is funny if you are moderately educated and Conan is funny if you're well educated and/or well-travelled

Posted by: magnetic54 | January 12, 2010 9:45 PM

Conan has showed us he is one of the few still working in the business who have some respect for, and understanding of, the word "legacy." His regard for "The Tonight Show", a true broadcasting institution, shows what is lacking from the management of NBC (and many other corporations) these days: a view of the "big picture" that extends beyond this week's spread sheet. Conan, you the man!!

Posted by: jaynashvil | January 12, 2010 10:01 PM

thank you magnetic54. I think what people fail to see is that Conan is (and always has been) a nerd's comedian. Unfortunately, America and NBC tends to go with the lowest common denominator so I guess Leno will get 'his' show back. Also, anyone else find it amusing that FOX has said they want Conan? Remember how put out they were when he left 'The Simpsons' to host Late Night (granted that was a different chief executive, but still)? Irony.....

Posted by: katuohy1982 | January 12, 2010 10:29 PM

I stopped watching Leno during the Michael Jackson trial. Leno, you are one sick puppy.

Posted by: SoCalGal2 | January 12, 2010 10:59 PM

Conan has never been funny. He can blame a poor lead-in audience all he wants, but the fact is that Leno's audience was 5 million (beating the competition handily), while Conan's is half that.

He has a certain audience (mostly young), but for many--young and old alike--he just sounds stupid, not funny. The show is always "all about him." By contrast, Leno makes the show about his guests, and is far more interesting to watch. (and I think Leno's monologue is better, too)

Moving Leno to prime time was a dumb idea. The best solution is to move Leno back to 11:30 and let Conan try another network. Any way you look at it, NBC has botched this royally. No one should blame either Leno or Conan for the atrocious way this has been handled.

Posted by: tbeall1 | January 12, 2010 11:04 PM

Jay has always been too stodgy, and conservative for me. Some say he's a liberal but when it comes to him commenting on real issues I've seen him lay down with the Republicans every time. I usually watched david letterman then switched over to conan, in order to avoid abject boredom of watching Jay. He may be a nice guy but he's rich and old and should just move on.

Posted by: avrionosphere | January 13, 2010 5:32 AM

Who cares?

Posted by: hfaulk01 | January 13, 2010 8:18 AM

The damn country is falling apart, and this is top news?

Posted by: trippin | January 13, 2010 9:31 AM

Conan is doing the right thing! DAMN right! Jay took the chance with the new 'cheap' show, Jay failed, JAY should PAY!

Posted by: TJohnson79 | January 13, 2010 10:23 AM

If Jay had any kind of dignity or self-respect, he would just bow out gracefully and accept his defeat!

Posted by: TJohnson79 | January 13, 2010 10:24 AM

NBS should: Convince their affiliates to move their news to 10 pm, where they could compete with fox and gain viewership; move the lame Leno to 10:30; and keep put Conan at 11, where instead of losing to Letterman he could lose to Stewart.

Posted by: wpwp1 | January 13, 2010 10:41 AM

This has nothing to do with who is funnier. It has to do with Leno who clearly has no respect for anyone else but himself, and it is obvious. He didn't have respect for the legacy of The Tonight Show, he didn't have respect for Conan or Jimmy Fallon. He just wanted what was his. For years, I have wondered why other late night hosts (Conan, Kimmel, Stewart, etc) and comedians, revere David Letterman like they do, yet you never hear them talk about Leno in those terms. Now it is clear.

Posted by: bmiller33 | January 13, 2010 10:42 AM

Leno has NEVER BEEN FUNNY, EVER! The guy needs to understand his place (stay at home and continue not being funny in private) and let the real funny guys do shows that hardly anyone watches anymore.

Posted by: soloman5000 | January 13, 2010 11:04 AM

Come on all you "Conan is funnier" folks are ignoring the facts. Conan's stint on "the Tonight Show" is a fail. Ratings say so. As a result NBC is making a business decision that addresses the ratings fall. Personally I think Jay is way better but what I think is irrelevant it's ratings not my or your individual preferences. The public has spoken, NBC is acting on the ratings feedback and Conan crying about it.

Posted by: menk | January 13, 2010 1:03 PM

He's not funny.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 13, 2010 1:08 PM

Let the Tonight Show be the Tonight Show. Conan needs more time to fine tune the show and NBC should be committed to helping him do that. Unfortunately, they clearly aren't. NBC shouldn’t have signed a contract with Conan if they were only going to give him 7 months to develop his show.

Posted by: elnicho | January 13, 2010 2:04 PM

Jay Leno is a spineless snake. If the NBC execs lack the balls to tell him good-bye, then put HIS show on at after Jimmy Fallon. Conan grew on me and he is light years funnier than JL. Plus, how could CO grow an audience with the weak numbers JL was delivering?

Posted by: yeswecan3 | January 13, 2010 2:30 PM

Someone above said they stopped watching Leno after the Michael Jackson trial. I stopped watching Leno after the Dancing Itos. I cringe every time I think about how stupid that was.

I've seen a clip here and there since but I can't stand the way he dumbs down his humor and then leers over it . Conan, while not my favorite, has a quirky kind of humor.."Nerdy" is a good word but he's far more original.

Letterman is my favorite - always has been, and was reportedly Carson's pick to take his seat. He's just funnier.

Kudos to Conan for showing some courage and respect for the Tonight show tradition.

I will say this story has inspired great comedy for reactions. It may be the most guily-free hubbub I've ever see.

Posted by: MissOtis | January 15, 2010 12:36 AM

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