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It’s official, Coco has found on a new home. Conan O’Brien’s yet to be titled new late night talk show is set to debut on TBS in November after the World Series in the 11/10c time slot. He will be followed by George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight. O’Brien entered negotiations after being personally asked by Lopez to join the TBS late-night line-up, according to the article I read on TVGuide. Until then, O’Brien is going on a national tour and can still be found on Twitter. This is a very happy end to a long, tiresome debacle, and I’m glad to see everything worked out.
I’ve decided that my brain has gone into too much overload with all this, and will not be posting any new information for a while (if you haven’t already noticed).
On a previous post, I wrote that I was going to wait and see what Jay Leno had to say before making any judgments against him, unlike many others out there, and while browsing through the T.V. news on Yahoo came across this: Leno: Don’t Blame Conan (or Me).
According to the article, Leno asked to be let out of his contract twice, and had told NBC executives that moving him to the 10 o’clock slot was a very bad idea. Leno also states that NBC had misled him into thinking that the move back to his old time slot was agreed upon by all, including Conan. O’Brien had rejected the plan a week earlier, and has been negotiating with NBC on a proper settlement amount (with some sources citing as much as 30 million).
I’m not sure what to think on this. On one hand, it could just be damage control. On the other, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit for it to all be NBC’s fault. They have not done the best when it comes to managing their programming lately, and this kind of blunder would fit in with their already souring reputation. But before I scream conspiracy or cover-up, I’m gonna get myself a little bit more informed. Although, as I have said before and I’ll say again, I still feel that Conan was the one who ultimately got the most unfair treatment, and deserves as much money as he can get.
Just to show how crazy this is getting, take a look at some of the stuff celebrities are saying:
“Five years ago, [Leno] was told that Conan was going to get the driver’s seat. He had a lot of time to prepare to do something else, and if he felt he still had the goods, he should have been a man and went over to FOX and competed with him directly rather than put himself on at 10 o’clock and really ruin Conan’s chances to begin with. I just think it is an incredibly selfish move and I am Team Conan.”
“Comedians who don’t like Jay Leno now — and I’m one of them — we’re not like, ‘Oh my God, Jay Leno sucks.’ It’s that we’re so hurt and disappointed that one of the best comedians of our generation…willfully shut that switch off. …You almost want to take [Leno] aside and ask him, ‘Why do you want this so badly? Because you don’t do anything with it.'”
“I think [The Jay Leno Show] was the right idea at the wrong time, and it was not a bad idea.”
“It’s finally dawned on Conan that Jay Leno had it in for him the whole time. Crapped all over him. … [Leno] is an evil devil. He’s a horrible, horrible guy. I’ve told you this for years. … And everybody hates Jay now — which is great. I’m all for hating Jay.”
For more, visit http://www.tvguide.com/News/Conan-vs-Leno-1013750.aspx
And if you haven’t already, take a look at this youtube video of Jimmy Kimmel as Jay Leno,
You know, Leno is being made out to be quite the villain in all this. I wonder how much of it is true. I never thought of him like that before, and am not sure how I feel now. I guess I will have to look at his side first before I really make a decision. But I will agree, Conan was getting the raw end of the deal.
Here’s an interesting development in the NBC late night debacle, courtesy of Variety: Conan O’Brien set to exit Tonight Show.
Though details have not been revealed, O’Brien could see anywhere from 30 to 40 million dollars, and would be able to create a new late night program on another network. If all this is true, I wonder who the real winner is, huh NBC.
Here’s an extra article for anyone that is interested on hearing NBC’s side of the story: NBC exec calls Conan Chicken Hearted and an astounding failure
Conan O’Brien announced he will not accept the move to a later time offered by NBC, causing a vacancy in the seat he took only seven months ago. According to the Reuters article I found on yahoo, although O’Brien has not mentioned if he was leaving the network, Fox had expressed an interest, but has not pursued it further. O’Brien also stated he did not have any offers from rival networks, and was unsure where he was headed. Had he accepted the time change, Leno would have been moved to an 11:35 slot, with O’Brien and Fallon being moved a half an hour later. NBC remains quiet on the issue.