Conan O'Brien lashes out at NBC over proposed move
You knew the resentment was bubbling under the surface, but Conan O'Brien has finally fired off a statement about losing his 11:35 p.m. time slot to Jay Leno. Well, fired off isn't the right word, but he says he's definitely not happy, which is more than understandable.
"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," O'Brien wrote. "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."
And while Conan says he doesn't have another deal in the works and wants to stay with NBC, he has some choice words about the Peacock's recent decisions.
"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," O'Brien continued. "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."
Great, now we have to wait and see what NBC says -- or more importantly, does -- in response to this rather floral statement ... besides kowtow to the dinosaurs who prefer Leno, that is. Our guess: T.S.
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