Conan O’Brien Correct In Saying “No” To Moving ‘Tonight Show’ Time

Good for Conan O’Brien!  I have had more than enough of the puffy-faced Jay Leno making his demands about what time slot he wants, and not seeming to care that there are other players in the arena with him that also demand some respect.  Lets be honest, there were not enough viewers for Leno in prime time. Was that Conan’s fault?  No.   Leno had his time at “The Tonight Show’, failed in prime time, and might now need to be satisfied with collecting cars and counting his untold millions.  Let Conan O’ Brien who worked and toiled at NBC have his time at the top of late night chat.  But to have Leno think that he can bluster and muscle his way around late night and bump Conan out of his time slot would be embarrassing and shameful.  It that were to happen Conan needs to walk away from NBC, if for nothing more, than for his own self-respect and dignity.

Conan O’Brien said Tuesday he’ll leave “The Tonight Show” if NBC moves it to 12:05 a.m. because he won’t participate in the “destruction” of the storied TV franchise.

NBC asked O’Brien to continue as host of the show at a later hour as part of its plan to move the “Jay Leno Show” out of prime time.

In a lengthy statement released Tuesday afternoon, the pompadoured comic said that wasn’t an option for him, drawing a line in the sand.

“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 said.

“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.”

He said moving the show to follow a half-hour of Leno would “seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting.”

Sterility Of George Washington Mentioned In Federal Prop 8 Trial

There is no shortage of interesting and insightful ideas being talked about during the high-stakes trial over Proposition 8 in California.  While much catches my eye about the trial, this item below made me smile.

A Harvard history professor testified in San Francisco federal court today that procreation has never been the central purpose of marriage in the United States.

Professor Nancy Cott, who has written a book about the history of marriage in the United States, noted that George Washington, the father of the nation, was sterile. Procreation was one of the purposes of marriage but not “the central or defining purpose,” Cott testifed. The larger purpose was to create stable households, she said.

What history buffs (I count myself as one) know is that the Founding Fathers were glad Washington was not able to reproduce as then there was no fear of a dynasty, and all the potential problems that might have been created for the new government that had separated itself from England.

Asteroid Or Space Junk?

If it says ‘Made in China’ we will know for sure.

A curious object is about to fly past Earth only one-third the distance to the Moon. Catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid, 2010 AL30 has an orbital period of almost exactly 1 year. This raises the possibility that it might not be a natural object, but rather a piece of some spacecraft from our own planet. At closest approach on Jan. 13th, 2010 AL30 will streak through Orion, Taurus, and Pisces glowing like a 14th magnitude star. Experienced amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor the flyby.

Conan O’Brien Getting Tough With NBC, Jabs Jay Leno Verbally

There is no way not to be drawn to the public fight over the NBC mess that has resulted from Jay Leno not being able to draw viewers to his primetime show.  The media/business side to this story is truly appealing to those of us who can watch it from a distance.  As a result of the bad decisions made by NBC, Conan O’ Brien is caught in the middle of the mess, and I for one feel sorry for him.  As such, I am glad that O’Brien has used his show as a vehicle to make sassy remarks and let all know that he is pissed.

  • [Audience applauding] “Ladies and gentlemen, please! You keep that up and this monologue won’t start until 12:05.”
  • “Good evening, everybody. I’m Conan O’Brien, the new host of Last Call with Carson Daly.”
  • “This weekend, a 6.5 earthquake hit California… the earthquake was so powerful, it knocked Jay Leno‘s show from 10:00 to 11:35.” [Then mocks Leno’s voice.]
  • “Everybody now wants to know what my plans are… all I can say is I plan to continue putting on a great show night after night, while stealing as many office supplies as humanly possible. I’m gonna rob this place blind.”
  • “NBC announced they plan to lose $200 million on the Winter Olympics next month. Folks, is it just me, or is that story hilarious?”

A few minutes later, O’Brien reiterated that NBC wants to push his show to 12:05 AM so that Jay Leno can occupy the 11:35 PM time slot. O’Brien then played a scrolling video of some of his future “options” before the audience, many of which included jabs at NBC and Leno.

  • Star in a Lifetime original movie about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship with her network.
  • Move to FOX and follow their hit “24” with a new show called “24:05.”
  • Convince NBC to let me keep this time slot if I can gain 10 pounds of chin.
  • Bring sanity back to NBC by hiring Gary Busey as head of programming.
  • Leave television altogether, and work in a classier business with better people, like hardcore porn.

At this point, we think it’s safe to say that O’Brien isn’t going down without a fight—or at least an attempt at embarrassing the network that screwed him as much as it’s embarrassed him.