Want to know how Conan O’Brien really feels about Jay Leno? Then check out this awesome 60 second video of Conan’s inner monologue.
I don’t like to throw the word “debacle” around. I don’t like what it means. I don’t like how it’s spelled. It’s just not a typical word in my conversations.
But man, is this talk show debacle ridiculous.
In the wake of recent decisions at NBC, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno are in the middle of the biggest clusterf*ck in television history. Type “clusterf*ck” into Google, and the first results are Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.
Basically, after seven months of hosting The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien is being usurped by the show’s previous host, Mr. Leno. It’s a decision based on politics, money, and everything else that is terrible about the entertainment industry. And it’s making the front page of every newspaper this side of the Anchorage Press.
The situation has gotten so ugly, people in Haiti are sending relief money. Since the network’s decision, Leno and O’Brien have trash-talked their way through recent monologues and interviews, making this very ugly situation very public. Viewers have been forced to decide whether to take sides, watch both shows helplessly, or stop watching altogether. It’s a train wreck in progress. And it’s impossible to look away.
In the next few weeks, O’Brien will leave The Tonight Show for pastures whose greenness has yet to be determined. Jay Leno will reclaim his gig at The Tonight Show, after his “Jay Leno Show” bombed at 10 ‘o clock. For the first time in history, the audience may actually boo the host of The Tonight Show.
Watching Jay Leno’s first night back at The Tonight Show will be like Tiger Woods’ first day back at The Masters. Ratings will be huge. But man, will those ratings be dirty. The term “blood ratings” comes to mind.
As for Conan, his fan base may actually be larger than ever. Wherever he goes, he will be paid handsomely and watched by many. But there will always be this underlying feeling that he got screwed. It’s not often that such a debacle occurs. And being at the losing end of this debacle, O’Brien deserves to be pretty angry for a long time to come.
Oh, and don’t really try that “clusterf*ck” search in Google. You’ll be disappointed.