Talk Show Turnbuckle

Who thinks Jay Leno is funnier than Conan O’Brien?

Please raise your hands…



My email address is I got that name as a take on the Conan character called Spanky the Masturbating Bear. Do you how hard it is for me to get internet writing jobs because they think that I am a mere spam??? But I still keep that email and it is my most used email account that is not my office email.

Sure, I hate Conan when makes fun of religions and cracks racial slurs every now and then but at times, Conan is actually funny! Who can forget Triumph the Insult Dog belittling those Star Wars nerds or how The Horny Manatee became an actual website because clamored for it?

Anyway, 2010 could be the end of Conan O’Brien because of the NBC execs decision to place Jay Leno ahead of Conan.

Why the hell is this insulting for Conan? Here’s the thing: Jay Leno has been the host of The Tonight Show for so many years now and after him, Conan O’Brien’s show Late Night with Conan O’Brien appears. Jay Leno retired from the Tonight Show in June of 2009 and Conan replaced him. With his departure, former SNL star Jimmy Fallon took over his spot.

Now with Jay Leno, trying to put himself back in The Tonight Show, and with all the NBC execs backing him up, it looks like Conan is forced to a spot where he should leave the show.

Here are the excerpts of his take on the matter:

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve 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, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve 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 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.

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 doesn’t 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; it’s always been that way.



Godspeed, you overly white tall man…

Try to look at the good things that could possibly happen to you.

Johnny Carson was about to pass the torch to David Letterman but the execs forced it to wield it to Leno.

Do you think Letterman is doing bad since?

Game over.


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