It has been officially announced by NBC that Jay Leno will be removed from his primetime 10pm time slot due to his poor ratings. Unfortunately this means that Conan O’Brien(my choice in late night since 1993) is left with a difficult choice. He can move to 12:05 or move to a different network. This move would also push Jimmy Fallon’s start time back to 1:05am which is absurd(I really like his show btw). It seems NBC is *politely* trying to push Conan out so they can go back to their clean lineup with Leno on the Tonight Show.
*Update* – 12:52p.m. 01/11/10
According to the New York Post Conan is understandably peeved at NBC and is considering an offer from FOX to move his show to their network.
“This level of sh- – -iness was not expected,” one source said.
“He’s done a great job for NBC. He moved his entire staff, he moved his family to LA. And five months later, they repay him like this?”
As it stands now, the source said, “Conan would be happier somewhere else.”
Jerry Seinfeld even weighed in with his (quite PC)thoughts:
“What did the network do to Conan? I don’t think anyone’s preventing people from watching Conan,” he said during an appearance to hype his new NBC show, “The Marriage Ref.”
Let’s see NBC move Jerry’s show to midnight with the unfunny Leno as a lead-in and see what he thinks then. Who’s going to turn it back from Letterman at 12 to check out what’s on NBC? I personally think FOX could be a good fit(except they have the worst HD in television) as he would most likely have more freedom. What do yall think? Please leave your thoughts in the comment’s section, that’s what it’s there for! Before we get into what Conan *should* do, let’s take a look back at what got NBC in this mess. Check it out after the FRUMP!
*Update* – 11:00p.m. 01/12/10
Conan O’Brien has released a full statement. This is probably the best written statement I have ever read. It’s so ridiculously good i can’t get past it. If Leno doesn’t pack it up and retire after this, then neither he nor NBC have any soul whatsoever. Be a man Jay, WALK AWAY!!!
(image via Mike)