“You guys got that for Conan, too, I’m sure,” [former Letterman producer Robert Morton] said. He waited while watching [O’Brien’s agent] Rick and [O’Brien’s producer] Jeff exchange a little look. “You didn’t?” Morty asked, holding back his next thought, which was: You’ve got to be kidding me.Another excerpt suggests Leno got an “unprecedented” contract that guaranteed primetime’s “The Jay Leno Show” could not be yanked from the air. With Leno’s ratings ridiculously low and affiliates threatening to end their affiliations, Carter illustrates NBC was really in a spot. And then this, from the sudden January meeting in which top NBC execs Jeff Gaspin and Marc Graboff told O’Brien they wanted to move him to 12:05 a.m.:
“What does Jay have on you?” Conan asked, his voice still low, his tone still even. “What does this guy have on you people? What the hell is it about Jay?” Neither of the NBC executives had an answer and cast their heads down. Conan thought they were working at looking sympathetic, following some lesson that had been taught at corporate school.Another great excerpt, following Conan telling this joke: "I just want to say to the kids out there watching: you can do anything you want in life. Yeah, yeah—unless Jay Leno wants to do it, too.”:
Gaspin got a call from Jay about the joke. This one did not strike Jay as funny. He asked Gaspin, Why the fuck am I giving up a half-hour for this guy? And Gaspin asked himself: How could these guys work back-to-back if Conan hates Jay? There was no longer any question about resolving this in a fashion that might keep Conan at NBC, as far as Gaspin was concerned. It had come down to how the matter would be settled, and Conan would go on his way.There’s a lot more. Find all of Vanity Fair’s excerpts here.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST
We still love you mate.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST
that's buying NBC Universal.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
not funny, not likable, not even close to relevant anymore. Conan's best years are, for the most part, behind him (he kicked ass during the 90s) but he's still 100 times funnier than Jay. Literally one hundred more laughs.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST
but Jimmy Fallon is worse. I will never forget his interview with Roger Waters. Embarassingly bad.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST
Can't wait for his show. He got screwed.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST
a sociopath. This guys cares but no one but himself.
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST
and al roker blowing a goat while giving matt a reach-a-round
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST
Leno: "Why did the chicken cross the road? to get to the other side! You see he has to cross it...and get the otherside of the road. hehe". Leno used his big chin to screw over Conan.
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
Late Shift was pretty good.<br><br>I wonder who they'll get to play Conan?
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST
by Snake Foreskin
And is any of it even verified? Or is this another of those celeb expose books that are mostly made up?
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST
by Snake Foreskin
Not since Carson. Everyone else pales in comparison. Conan was all wrong for Tonight Show. Leno just plain sucks. What a loser.
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST
Even people that barely knew who he was or hated his comedic stylings had to take a step back and be like, "damn, they fucked that poor dude over."
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST
Why, Jim Carrey, of course! http://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=_7StsXTQhYs
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST
and is at or below Conan's levels, only there's no chance that his show will grow the audience any more. When Leno started at the tonight show, his performance echoed Conan's... he started big because of novelty, then slowly dropped and bottomed out, but then began to grow again as audiences slowly came around to check him out again after he settled into the job. NBC bounced Conan out before he had the chance to grow his audience after he was settled in. <p> But Leno doesn't have any room for growth. There's no large segment out there that might give him a chance, having made up their minds whether they like him or not over the many years they had to decide. He's hemorraged viewers as a result of all of this, and he has little chance of winning them back. Plus, by letting Conan go, NBC has further fractured late night audiences by giving them a new show to choose. The biggest problem, however, is that there is no heir left for the Tonight Show. They're stuck with the sinking rock that is Leno now, for years. <p>
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST
This is best for everyone. Conan will do better with his own eponymous show than trying to take over someone else's gig. His humor is best-suited for something he can call his own. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, Leno is best suited for "The Tonight Show". He's been there for so long and the regular "TS" viewers want him there. Yeah, everyone likes to play the "18-49" card or whatever, but the fact remains that he's the #1 late-night host on TV. He's still beating Letterman in ALL Demographics, so I don't know why everyone keeps trying to pretend Conan was more popular than he was. His own audience didn't follow him there and I don't for a second by the bullshit "Lead-In" myth. It's not 1975 anymore. People change channels and don't leave the TV on all night. Oh, wait, some people do. You know who? People who aren't 18 to 49. The same people who love Leno. <br> <br> So Leno keeps his show, Conan keeps his show, and everyone is happy. Why piss on Leno? If people wanted Conan on The Tonight Show so badly, they should have tuned in to watch him. But that's just it: His own audience didn't and Leno's people were never going to be Conan's people just because they shared the time slot. <br> <br> I believe that Leno has better lawyers. But, on top of that, Conan had worse advisers. See, the biggest mistake NBC made wasn't putting Conan at 11:30. It wasn't letting Conan go. It was pushing Leno out when he was #1 and not ready to retire. They banked on the wrong guy. <br> <br> I love Conan's humor, although I find late-night talk shows are getting stale. It's kind of a tired format at this point. How many are there? 23? They used to be funny and about getting some real humor and scoop and gossip from celebs. Now they're just gush-fests (Letterman included) while spoiled narcissists pitch their over-hyped project. It used to be that late-night was the only place to get interviews and info on new movies/tv/etc. Now it all just seems a bit tired. Here's hoping Conan's new show can bring something new and fresh to a format that isn't.
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST
trap particles of food as they cascade down the drain. One day I picked up the filter to find a dark, mucus like substance that covered the bottom of the filter. I took a rag and wiped the thick gooey mess away. The mention of NBC executives made me think of that for some reason.
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST
Please just stop with the "Leno had a chance to grow while Conan didn't" myth. It's tiresome and completely ignorant of how the TV world works in 2010. <br> <br> First of all, Leno's ratings were lower when he started...but The Tonight Show was still making money. When Conan's ratings were low, he didn't just lose viewers, he was losing MONEY. That sucks, but it's true. For the first time in 50 years, The Tonight Show was reporting a loss. TV networks don't "owe" anyone time to "Grow" simply because some die-hard fans want it. If they feel they're losing too much cash, they'll act quickly. Ever notice that "Firefly" isn't on TV anymore? What just happened to "Caprica"? Hey, how's "Viva Laughlin" doing these days? <br> <br> Mostly, though, the reason you can't make the "Leno had time to grow, not Conan" argument is that it ignores the fact that this is 2010, not 1994. You can't compare apples to oranges and you certainly can't compare a year when late-night was still king and cable barely had programming to right now, where more people watch the internet than most shows on at 11:30pm. You think Conan was owed the same parameters as 16 years earlier? Why? Why should NBC lose money because of people's naive (and completely wrong) view of how TV ratings and returns work? Do you think ANY network would do that these days? <br> <br> When Leno took over The Tonight Show, he was merely the permanent guest host. Of a show that wasn't even on every single night due to Carson's schedule at that point. Some people didn't even watch it when Carson wasn't on. It took time for Leno to build his audience and make the show his...which was, again, in the early 90s...when late-night TV could afford to do so. When Conan took over, why did he need to "build" anything? What's this bullshit about people needing to "discover" his show? He was a household name! He had his own TV show for almost 2 decades with HIS NAME attached to it all the way. He wasn't a "GUEST" anything. He was/is a TV star! He had primetime specials, bestselling DVDs, and a huge following. What was there to BUILD on? NBC (and this is just known in the biz) was expecting the audience to BE THERE, not to BUILD. And...they weren't. And they didn't. He LOST viewers...and this is BEFORE Leno took that earlier time slot. It's not that Conan didn't BUILD on his time slot or that people didn't DISCOVER him; they left or simply stayed away. Is Conan hilarious? Yes. Did he deserve better? Yes. Was it all Leno's fault? Hardly. Most of it was Conan's own audience not watching and Leno's audience turning away. Who are all the people who think that Leno's audience was just going to suddenly LOVE Conan? What...? They had to "discover" a guy who had been on after Leno for 16 years? He was anonymous until then? <br> <br> And if you blame Leno for Conan's bad ratings, then you must also praise Leno for Conan's success. See, Leno has ALWAYS been Conan's ratings. To say that Conan's numbers sucked because of Leno ignores the fact that Conan's "Late Night" show ALSO followed Leno. So, which is it? Was Leno hurting Conan..? Or was Conan always getting viewers because of Leno? That's why the "Lead In" myth is just that. People find the host they want and watch him. Lead-Ins don't mean shit in 2010. <br> <br> Like Leno or not, he's built a large, loyal following on that show. Forget what you think is "Funny", because that's subjective. Networks are a business that are supposed to make money, and no one makes money by randomly asking dudes on the internet to tell them what's funny. They have to look at the numbers, and Leno's remain at #1. Forget 18 to 49, because NBC has. If Conan had been #1 in overall viewers in his timeslot (instead of #3 and sometimes #4), then this never would have happened. Does it suck? Yes. But before you go flying off the handle and tossing out insults at me (as is par the course on here), that's just how the math works. That's TV. <br> <br> I know people at NBC who were talking about this when it happened. No one liked it, but it was a clusterfuck that begin 6 years ago, not back in February.
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST
The issue you are glossing over is what forced NBC's hand...and here's a hint, it wasn't Conan's ratings. It was the epic fail that was Jay Leno at 10. NBC as a network was facing permanent irrelavence if that dog's breakfast had been allowed to continue. They had to make a change, and Jay, being the douchebag he is, wouldn't just take his cash and walk off into the sunset. So he bent Conan over, and jammed it in.
Oct. 29, 2010, 5 p.m. CST
So, so good. Can't wait to check out the book.
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST
Because Conan is funny and you're an unfunny flaming douche-bag Jay. See. That was easy.
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST
A network in serious trouble chased away their entire late night audience of 18-30 year old viewers in order to secure a guy reaching the end of his career with plummeting ratings and a practically geriatric audience.
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST
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Oct. 29, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST
he was hardly the innocent victim in all this. He started the fiasco with attempt at a powerplay back in 2004 demanding NBC promise him the The Tonight Show or he'll leave. Leno was forced out when he didn't really want to quit. You can argue which is guy is funnier but neither guy has their hands clean in all this.
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST
Daniel Roebuck as Jay Leno and John Michael Higgins as David Letterman in "The Late Shift" movie. And is Jimmy Kimmel gonna play himself in the sequel? And who's playing Jimmy Fallon?
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST
"It's not TV...it's HBO."
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST
Wah. Conan lost the Tonight Show. Wah. Jay took it from him. Wah. Fuck both of these guys. And while Conan comes off as the victim and far more likable, he walked away with a shit ton of cash. When my wife works a day job and I lost mine and have to raise our 2 year old on her pay check and my unemployment, these guys are bitching? Fuck them. Millions of dollars they have. I can give a fuck about either.
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST
Loved the original Late Shift and I assume a sequel based on the new book is a sure thing. Has there been any word yet on the new book being optioned for a tv movie?
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST
Bullshit. Leno had enough pull back then. He could have said, "Fuck that shit. I'm not going." He didn't. He agreed to it, and then whined like a fucking 2 year old throwing a tantrum until NBC caved in and gave him 10PM. Forced out my ass.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST
by Big Dumb Ape
No offense, Herc, but your long running hatred for anything Leno, where you use your AICN column to tear at him consistently, has REALLY become tiresome and boring. I thought it would be impossible for you to ever top your perpetual Whedon worshipping, but at least that was your Jedi good side trying to prop up a person versus your constant anti-Leno articles which betray your Sith side.<p>Seriously, go get laid. Turn off the computer and get out of the house for awhile. Go have some FUN. But as for this Leno/O'Brien stuff just GIVE IT A REST. As I said, it's become groan-inducing at this point.<p>Better yet, I can't wait for O'Brien's show to premiere. I imagine given all the press and controversy surrounding the Leno-O'Brien fight, it will probably debut to "okay" or good ratings...and then I honestly expect it to slide down and down. At which point, I honestly have to wonder -- given Herc's bias -- will we be seeing Coaxial headlines that declare "CONAN SINKS TO A NEW RATINGS LOW!" or something like that, which Herc is always so eager to declare about other shows? Me thinks the answer is no.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST
"when Jay discussed with his staff all the actions and reactions of that chaotic month, the one thing none of them really understood was that whole dream-destroying theme that Conan had expressed so eloquently. When Jay was a kid he’d dreamed of hosting The Tonight Show, too. But when he was an adult it became his employment." when its just a job for you, then maybe you should move on, work is work, but at the level that there at, you can afford to go find your dream
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST
IM ALL THESE TEAMS!
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST
"Now excuse me while I go polish one of my 400 Ferraris with a baby diaper."
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST
His initial threat to bolt from NBC got him a chance to host THE TONIGHT SHOW... then he just couldn't hack it. Now he's been kicked to basic cable gulag as George Lopez's sidekick.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST
Coughlins Law have to say about this, I assume he is Leno's agent by how much he defends the douchebag. But douchebags do stick together.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST
or is it a fake?
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST
Readers are constantly hounding me to post every time Leno falls behind Conan. <p> Believe me when I say I could have been posting on this topic every week. <p> Compared to writers elsewhere I think I've shown restraint. <p> Of course if you hate me throwing up a Leno story every so often, you can always choose not to read them.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST
I thought he died.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST
...stuck in his nearly 50 year old neck.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST
Congrats on putting the Interwebbers in their place. Your dissertation on how TV works was riveting and liberating. Who knew?! It's 2010 and not 1994.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST
I'm sure Coughlins will be here as soon as he extracts his head from Leno's ass.
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST
Where the hell was his "fans" during this? Outside the Collage Frat house who finds him funny for more than 5 mins? Not that Leno is a great comedian,but he at least does what the Tonight show has ALWAYS done entertained middle America....
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST
There is a zero in place of the second "O" in the name.
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST
is so far off from what we know to be true about Dave -- now post scandals, that I really don't take what he writes as gospel or reliable. The TV movie was awful with bad casting/acting for all the leads except Kathy Bates.
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST
by Bill Clay
Jay forced the American icon Johnny Carson into quitting and stole his show. Leno is a cunt. And I reserve that vile word for only the worst people.
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST
They're both in their mid 90's. They don't leave the house very often, and they still think Michael Jackson is black.... and alive. But they love them some Leno.
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST
Conan is about to start his new show... I promise you the Leno/Conan thing is going to be news for the next few weeks regardless of anyone's bias. <p> and as for the Tonight Show losing money under Conan... If you add the contract pay-offs NBC made to keep Leno, first on his Primetime show, then to pay-off Conan to leave, the current Leno run with his lowest ratings has to be the most expensive loss of money in late night television.
Wow, I figured this book was coming, but I'm pleased to see it so soon. Should be great.
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST
for me to poop on.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST
Um, yeah. I believe that (smirks). Actually, while I am sure that Herc does get a few "post some more anti-Jay stuff" I'm equally sure he gets as many, if not more, emails demanding things that he ignores.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST
i don't give a shit anymore about who is getting what deal. Save Kimmel and clear the entire slate to start fresh.
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST
That was a claim Leno made on Oprah. Conan claimed on 60 Minutes NBC eecs said they were making money with Conan as host.
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST
over that fat, ugly, unfunny, sarky, corkian twat brandan O'connor. ugh. or the unfunny, NYC born Des Bishop. I dont Mind Graham Norton. Jonathon Ross was a lick arse whose unfunny antics brought censorship to the bbc. we will see how quickly his new show tanks on ITV. same thing happened to simon dee. big star of the bbc on both tv and radio, stropped off to itv. which was ran by david frost and then plummeted into oblivion after a scandal. he was sacked by frost after he booked an alkie senator who droned on and on with a list of people who were really involved in the killing of john kenneddy. back to present day. 2009. and after an initial success rte's flagship talkshow The Late Late show has plummeted. toy show is just around. ratings winner that. then they will plunge again. rte's late late show under tubridy suffers from same guest syndrome. tubridy tonight had the same problem bar the hoff. they always went with the people who were in the rte canteen. and most of those were rte presenters.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST
that people find so funny? I have seen all of his shows. i thought extras finale was the best thing on tv at christmas two years and by some distance. but look the man is and god my langusge is getting rough, an utterly destatable prick. there was interview done with gervaise a couple of months and the photo was of him dressed as a military general. gervaise does see himself as a comedy control freak but then so does eddie izzard. but gervaise sees himself as a comedy dictator, hence that recent article and that military get up. has anyone seen an idiot abroad on sky one in the uk. its a travel series in which an inherently xenophobic man goes to places that he knows he wont like and hee hee doesnt like any of them. but its on a channel owned by rupert Murdoch. go figure.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST
by Bartleby T. Scrivener
Fuck the late night talk, bring on the tits.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST
with a 'K'
Oct. 29, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST
He feels just because his favorite movie made $12.00 at the boxoffice, that it's OK for him to spam these boards. It's not OK.
Oct. 30, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST
Although, I kind of wish they ditch Conan's band and just go with Reggie Watts as Conan's house musician. That would truly be comedy gold.
Oct. 30, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST
Oct. 30, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST
by Sicuv Uyall
Or Carlos Mencia. Or maybe Gallagher.
Oct. 30, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST
spends on seeing Scott Pilgrim would be money he couldnt spend on tickets to see GERVAIS & LENO
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST
Yes, Leno's 10pm show did fail. It had 5 millions viewers, which is what he had at 11:30pm. GREAT numbers for 11:30pm, but shitty for 10pm. It was supposed to be a Variety Show (which they promised) and wound up being "The Tonight Show" at 10pm. It blew. Nothing changed. It was stupid to think that a late-night host on a 10pm talk show was going to double viewers...NBC should have known that from the start. Stupid idea. <br> <br> Conan, on the other hand, was averaging 3 million viewers at 11:30pm. Great for 12:30am, not for 11:30pm. He was placing 3rd and sometimes 4th. You can talk demographics all you want (Hell, Herc sure does), but #3 doesn't look good when you've been #1 for 50 years. <br> <br> I like Conan. I think he's funny. I didn't care for his "Tonight Show" and, since then, I don't watch ANY late-night shows except, on occasion, Ferguson. BUT... <br> <br> I just don't get why you Conan cheerleaders can't get past it? Why can't you just accept that his show failed? YES, Leno's show failed at 10pm. But that does not, in any way, negate the fact that Conan ALSO failed. It was just bad decisions all around. Conan being watered-down made his own fans leave and Leno's fans simply didn't like Conan and went elsewhere. They watched Leno at 10pm and then, likely, watched Letterman. <br> <br> So you love Conan. Great. But just because you love him doesn't mean his numbers were there and that he deserved to keep his show. There are no shows that get that kind of support anymore on the major networks. TV simply doesn't work that way anymore. I agree that it sucks...but that's just how it works. Everyone wants to blame someone for Conan's shitty numbers except Conan himself and his own fans. Maybe the guy just isn't as popular as he needed to be for THAT SHOW. Everyone acts like he was some cult figure that only the hipster kids knew about and, if given the chance to be discovered, he would have become the biggest thing in late-night. But Conan didn't come out of nowhere. He was a household name when he took "TTS". There weren't people who hadn't "found" his show. They were deliberately staying away. That's not because of Leno. People find and choose the host they want. Period. More people chose (and choose) Leno. Maybe that will change when Conan hits TBS. We'll see. Believe it or not, I'm rooting for Conan. Just because I've accepted reality doesn't mean I don't love the guy. <br> <br> If Conan was raking in 5 million viewers at 11:30pm, Leno would have been sent packing when his 10pm show failed. So, Leno had a better contract, sure. If Conan was #1 in his timeslot, Leno would NOT have been moved back into the 11:30pm slot. If Conan had better numbers, Leno and his shitty 10pm show would have simply been canceled, contract or no contract. Yeah, Leno might have gotten a huge severance, but they wouldn't have pushed Conan out. Conan wasn't offered the "push back" to 12am because they wanted to fawn all over Leno. They felt that Leno would keep his numbers (5 million) and maybe help the fledgling Conan get some more, too. This, of course, is bullshit because the "Lead-In" myth is phony. But that was their intention. After all, Leno was ALWAYS Conan's "Lead-In". <br> <br> Let's not forget that Conan chose to walk. He was not fired. He wasn't even told he'd lose "The Tonight Show". He wanted to preserve it's legacy and timeslot. His choice. He was offered a compromise. <br> <br> I don't watch Leno. The show is too dull and old for me. But that's just it; everyone is pretending The Tonight Show was some show for 18-49 year-olds...and it never was. It's always been your parents' late-night talk show. And Leno is their guy. You can shit on old people all you want, but they're watching, and they've made Leno the #1 host in late-night TV...again. <br> <br> Conan belongs somewhere else with his own show, not trying to change his act for someone else's legacy. It's TV RATINGS 101. <br> <br> It's as if you guys think admitting that Conan simply didn't pull it off will be like saying Leno is better. He's not...but he's a better FIT for THAT program. <br> <br> Frankly, I don't know why every comedian gushes over The Tonight Show anyway. I'd much rather have my own show with my own name than take over some other guy's gig and always have to live up to what he did with it first. No thanks.
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST
My post was way too long. Sorry.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:23 a.m. CST
Or is that just a rumor?
Oct. 30, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST
King of AICN? No, you're just a SPAMMING little annoyance that won't go away.
Oct. 30, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST
what scottpilgrimfan is really saying is that Gervaise and Leno arent really very funny and that I agree, gervaise in particular isnt very funny at all. arrogant little prick.
Oct. 30, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST
Unlike certain others who have been banned recently, I can't think of anyone more deserving.
Oct. 30, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST
has to go away.
Oct. 30, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST
...are idiots. And for comparisons to who is a better entertainer, O'Brien has never been funny, except in a high school, "look at me", popularity type of way. "Oohh, I'm being edgy!! Ooohh, I'm making 'Late Night' into a cesspool gutter." Please. When comedians talk about comedians they admire, the name Conan O'Brien never comes up.
Oct. 30, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST
Prince is a badass.
Oct. 30, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST
Ricky and Jay called... you a total douchebag...
Oct. 30, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST
He should be hanged and burned and pissed on.
Oct. 30, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST
And turn around the next day and watch it. However, I have not watched Leno since all this down and never will again. I never found him that funny to begin with, and I saw him as overrated yet harmless (much in the same way the Dallas Cowboys are always overrated yet harmless). However, I now believe everything Howard Stern has been saying all these years. Leno is a douchebag whose desire to be loved by America will cause him to do just about anything to have a primetime or late night show. I don't think there's ever been a case in the history of entertainment where my opinion of someone did a 180 so quickly. I wish the Conan/Leno war could have gone on forever. Conan was at his best with those jokes. But I'm looking forward to seeing him on TBS.
Oct. 30, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST
...The Tea Party. Seriously. Of the Late Night talk show hosts, Jay is definitely the Republican. And NBC wants to get that white middle-aged middle-class demographic. The same demographic that makes up the majority of the Tea Party. Conan, obviously, is not Republican in any way. NBC is becoming more and more like Fox; Nightly News does more stories on the Tea Party then ABC or CBS put together. Jay represents the "sense of humor" of the DAYS OF THUNDER crowd.
Oct. 30, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST
http://youtu.be/thLf2VaWDzg <P> Brace yourself this video is downright funny!
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST
when he was younger. I read an article about how he used to rob apartments and mug people at atm machines. You wouldn't expect it looking at him.
Oct. 30, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST
I'm a fan of Conan too, but this is bullcrap. Conan is NOT an 11:30pm host. Sorry, but it is true.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST
Is SCOTTPILGRIMFAN posting from an alternate universe where Ricky Gervais and Jay Leno are like a modern day Martin and Lewis? That's wonderfully random.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST
http://youtu.be/thLf2VaWDzg <p> Totally made my day
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST
I fucking hate that guy more than everyone I hate in television combined. He reminds me of certain people in high school, afraid to look uncool or enthusiastic about anything... will make fun of anything or anyone at the drop of a hat so as to seem cooly distanced. I'll take some jock douchebag any day over these people... at least they have a physical talent. I've noticed a lot of Kevin Smith fans have this personality traits... and every high school out in the northeastern boondocks or suburbs of dirty Jersey has this sub-group as well. I don't mind mean comedy when it's called for, but Kimmel is the type that it comes off as unnecessary and uncalled for.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST
by andrew coleman
Watch Leno. That is why he gained so much control. I get you guys think he sucks, I do too but most mouth breathers will watch anything and like Leno's basic comedy.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST
they are many
Oct. 30, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
You're a class act!
Oct. 31, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST
is if he promoted a special episode where all the people he fucked in the last 20 years get to come Cleveland Steamer him. Hell, even I'd watch that and I rather help my grandma douche than watch Leno's monologue.
Oct. 31, 2010, 9 a.m. CST
But his attacks on Leno during this whole mess were both classic and well deserved. For Kimmel to go on Leno's show and insult him the way he did took a set of brass balls, and he'll always have my respect for that.
Oct. 31, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST
First Jay got screwed over to make room for Conan, then Conan got screwed over for Jay's sake. It evens out, I guess, since I never found either one of them very funny. When I feel like watching a late night talk show, I turn on Craig Ferguson. Not every night's a gem, but he's irreverant, witty, genuinely good at talking to his guests, and his monologues are great. For those who doubt, here's a sample, IMHO one of his all-time best show-openers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= GDuIvZkLun8 . His puppets and musical numbers are awesome, and he's pretty easy on the eyes... so however it works out for Jay and Conan is fine, whatever. I'll be laughing with Craig.
Oct. 31, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST
This whole war is ridiculous - hasn't anyone noticed that the big-name-host "late night" show ran out of gas around Johnny's 20th year and has been sucking fumes (and wind) ever since? It's mind-blowing idiocy that only survives because its audience is either wired or fried or staying up late to fool Mom and Dad. Bury the whole genre, starting with Jay and Conan and Davey, and move on!
Oct. 31, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST
You write about comparing millions of viewers (5mm vs. 3mm) which, if it mattered, would be relevant. However, the only advertising revenue worth anything is the M18-39 (or 18-49, I always forget) which is what both tvbythenumbers.com and many of the posters on Conan/Leno talkbacks reference. Those numbers are far, far more in Conan's favor, are they not? Why would NBC worry about overall numbers of viewers when it has no bearing on the advertising numbers and the appropriate audiences therein?
Oct. 31, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST
by Coughlins Laws
DOES matter the most, but overall viewers matter, too. Younger viewers are rated higher, but to try and make the point that anyone over 49 doesn't matter at all is incorrect, and downright insulting.
Oct. 31, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST
From tvbythenumbers.com and the FAQ: "3. Why all this focus on 18-34 and 18-49 year olds! It’s the people over 50 who have all the money. Why be ageist? I know it is counter-intuitive for some people, but the focus on the younger age demographics isn’t a function of spending power or ageism, it’s a function of advertisers desire to reach younger viewers, and relative availability. It’s much, much easier to reach a 60 year old than a 25 year old via television advertising because on average a higher percentage of 60 year olds watch a higher percentage of television than 25 year olds. Relatively speaking, the 60 year old is easy to reach and the 25 year old far more scarce. The relative scarcity of younger viewers increases both the focus and advertising premiums paid for younger viewers. Whether this is good, bad, right or wrong, I can’t really say. I can say, at least for now, that’s the way it is. It’s really not just about how old you are or how much money you have to spend. It’s also about how easy it is to reach you. The easier it is to reach you, the less advertisers are willing to pay for you, the harder it is to reach you, the more they are willing to pay." -- so, to that end, it definitely seems like the proper demo is the only kinda-important thing, especially given the article posted here on AICN last year.
Oct. 31, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST
Freaks. Quit watching this banal crap.
Oct. 31, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST
Predictable as ever. Still kissing Leno's ass.
Nov. 1, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST
In that monologue, Craig talks about society's views on age vs. youth... and it's not only true, it's funny as hell. Huh, guess I picked the right clip to cite after all.
Nov. 1, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST
rte gave so the so called and not very funny corkian twat and sunday indo hack brendan o connor his own chatshow. after a brief ratings high the saturday night show ratings levelled off. what nobody knew was the rte were taking a risk by hiring the sarky o'connor and had a plan b. after 8 weeks off went O'connor and on came Craig doyle. and his show called tonight. it was later revealed that rte had spent 120,000 on the tonight's set. in a weird jay leno/conan o brien/tonight show piece of bizarreness. off went Craig doyle and back to our screens came Brendan O'connor. rte has come under fire because of inhouse guests booking policy. it will only now book guests that work on rte. painting by numbers, really.
Nov. 1, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST
I haven't watched Leno since he took over and I haven't watched Conan in years.</P> <p>Letterman and Ferguson still kick their asses.
Nov. 1, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST
by Darth Busey
Nov. 1, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST
I really wanna read the new book and am excited to see Conan back on the air.