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.”