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Old 01-12-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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In the last few days, Iíve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, Iíve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, Iíve been absurdly lucky. That said, Iíve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. 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. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isnít 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.

So it has come to this: 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. 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. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesnít matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; itís always been that way.

Yours,

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Old 01-12-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:37 PM   #3
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Never cared for his show, but he's getting screwed here.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:43 PM   #4
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Conan the "Destroyer of the Tonight Show". Bawahaha
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:43 PM   #5
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Hey, some love em', some don't. He's been pure comedic GENIUS for over the past 20 years.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:47 PM   #6
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Conan is great, but there's nothing in there about definitely leaving. Misleading thread title.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:49 PM   #7
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The last two paragraphs basically point that out.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:49 PM   #8
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Conan sucks, who cares. Jim Kims all day! (Jimmy Kimmel)
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:50 PM   #9
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I really do like Conan. I have a feeling that a good number of people who don't like him haven't seen some of his best stuff. Hopefully he'll go some where they will let him do whatever he wants.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:51 PM   #10
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Conan is hilarious and getting a raw deal. NBC got greedy, Conan was approached to do a show on another network and thats when NBC approached Jay and asked him to step down in 2009.

Problem is if you have 2 late night hosts you have none, kind of like the whole 2 QB concept that never works.

I love both of them and thought Conan would really come into his own in the Late Night seat. Sadly he wasn't given a chance.

Kudos to Conan though, he has come a long way since his days as a writer for the Simpsons.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:53 PM   #11
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like I care, but I am sure it is McDaniels decision and fault.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:53 PM   #12
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Leno just couldn't let it go. He totally screwed Conan by retiring and the un-retiring to have a show right before Conan's. Leno's show was the one that got the bad ratings and ultimately led to this. Conan was still finding his crowd at that slot but doing good enough in the ratings. NBC has been terrible in primetime and now they'll be terrible in late night. What a debacle.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:59 PM   #13
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says you. Great writer and witty as hell. If Jay was planning on exiting late night talk in 2012, why not stick Leno in the later slot for the good of NBC?
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:15 PM   #14
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One of the hardest jobs on TV. Props to Conan...
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:19 PM   #15
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Conan rules. Classy not bumping Jimmy too. I hope he winds up on another network, I was stoked he moved an hour earlier so I could finally watch his show again.
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I love Conan.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:36 PM   #17
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He got screwed in many ways; most notably the crappy 10:00 lead in from that hack Leno. But, as much as I have enjoyed Conan over the years, if you don't produce ratings, you're going to be gone. Simple as that.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:42 PM   #18
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I love Conan. I hope he goes to Fox and blows Leno's show away. Which he probably will.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:46 PM   #19
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This sucks for Conan. He is very funny and was doing a solid job with The Tonight Show. Leno did a great job of taking over for Carson, but Jay walked away on his own volition. It's his fault.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:49 PM   #20
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Someone here at the network (not NBC) is telling me that Conan has a multi-million dollar walk-away option. As in, many multi-millions. Haven't confirmed it anywhere yet.

I don't blame him.

The rest of his life on easy-street, doing whatever he likes.
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Conan is easily the best in late night right now. Granted I'm right in his target demographic that went through college watching him at midnight regularly. I'm pulling for him no matter what network he ends up on.

Leno is a lazy, no-talent jackass. Never been funny, recycling the same ****ty jokes and routines for a decade, screwed over a superior Letterman for the gig, now showing zero class in jerking Conan around after pretending to graciously hand over the reigns. But I guess America loves those Jaywalking segments and hearing about his car collection...
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:04 PM   #22
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Conan is awesome if you ever saw the late show. He just needs time to adjust his style to the new audience (older people).

Stephen Colbert SUCKED the first 6 months of his show. I hated it. Now he's a genius.

All this because Jay Leno refuses to lie down. He must want another dusenberg.
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Always liked Conan. But as long as craig ferguson is still on, I'm happy.
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Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesnít matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.
Wow, the thought that someone would DVR Conan to watch at an earlier time just makes me want to puke...
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