After Conan’s very funny, sincerely written statement (with a few good digs at Leno) about this whole NBC late-night debacle, you get the sense that Conan is going through some painful stuff right now.
Some of the highlights include:
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.
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.”
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.
Don’t you just want to give Conan a giant bear hug? After working so hard to achieve your dream, how in the hell do you walk away from it? Well you can’t, but on the other hand, it’s got to be awfully hard showing up to work knowing that you don’t have support from your company and that they are essentially choosing someone else over you.
To be sure, NBC has to know that the world is with Conan on this one right? I mean everybody that matters anyways (bloggers, critics, reviewers, everyone on both coasts, kids under 40, that sort of thing).
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