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The “Don’t Blame Conan” bit is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. The acid that drops from Dave there just burns right through the screen. Just *WHIP* great stuff!
Yes, absolutely. Instant classic.
And, from my perspective, illustration of the fact that Letterman, when he wants to, can simply play at a much higher level than all of them, including Conan.
He rightly writes off the hapless, hopeless Fallon. And I think Jimmy Kimmel is actually his closest runner-up as a late night broadcasting wit (excluding Comedy Central).
I don’t think he’s writing off Fallon. That was just Dave being Dave. Letterman mentioned on the show last week that he and Paul went over to 30 Rock to visit Fallon recently, and Paul has appeared as a guest on his show.
Fallon, Smallon: Mr. Zucker now thinks Lonnie Donigan would be perfect at 12:05AM. If Jeff could just find out who represents Lonnie, then he can blame Lonnie’s reps for the debacle . . .
Lonnie Donaghan! HA!
Jimmy Kimmel?! Seriously? Watch Craig Ferguson to discover a brilliant wit at work. He’s the only one I’ll be watching from this point forward.
I blame Conan for not being funny!
Enough sour grapes, Dave. It was obvious Jay was referring to not blaming Conan for what happened five years ago. What’s the problem with that? And what’s up with that “vintage Jay” crack? If you think Jay’s a long-term sleazeball, give us some meat — innuendo isn’t funny, it’s lame. And whose sidekick is more fawning, Paul or Kevin? Seems like Dave is still festering for losing the Tonight Show to Jay — not to mentioning losing in the ratings for more than a decade. The best part of this whole farce is that the joke’s on both Dave AND Jay, since Craig Ferguson is by far the best and most creative late night guy.
Joke’s not on Dave. He hired Craig since Letterman owns Craig’s show.
And Dave is basically calling Jay a sleazebag. What’s wrong with him stating the truth?
Craig Feruson being good actually ISN’T a joke on David Letterman, as his company Worldwide Pants is the producer of The Late Late Show. David Letterman owns that show as well as his own. so Craig’s success is his success.
Hmmmmmm, Letterman didn’t have any problem defending Leno in his 2008 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine http://tinyurl.com/y9ckr9g
Fast forward 2 years though and now it’s popular to jump on the bash Jay Leno bandwagaon. Letterman’s still pissed that Jay got The Tonight Show gig and he didn’t. On a nightly basis he perpetuates the “smear Leno” campaign when the person ultimately responsible for this debacle is Jeff Zucker. Letterman’s insane jealousy is alive and well not to mention extremely immature.
Did it occur to you that the 2008 interview was before Leno pushed Conan out of a job? Guess not. Moron.
Yeah Lesley! Remember: “don’t get your facts wrong”. LOL!
And incredibly funny.
Hmmmm….seems like Dave saw the writing on the wall even in that interview.
From the previous page….
“The late-night landscape is moving around in a big way in the next year — probably the most since you moved over to CBS. On NBC, you have Conan O’Brien going from his 12:30 slot to take over The Tonight Show, with Jay Leno stepping aside, and it’s not clear what he’s gonna do, maybe a new show with another network. How closely are you following this?
Well, it’s interesting. It was always hard to imagine what NBC was up to, facilitating Conan to 11:30 — what would become of Jay? I’m not quite sure why they would do that, so much so that one wonders if that’s actually what’s going to happen. I’m glad that I’m not involved directly, because after a while that can be wearying. It’s nice not to have a dog in this fight.”
And being a gentleman isn’t defending Leno….it is just being a gentleman. But I read that article as being a prophet too. He knew what Leno was like…maybe it was too subtle for you to pick up on it.
Two observations: 1) Letterman’s still angry he didn’t get the Tonight Show gig when Johnny left. 2) Looks like Dave’s using psychology to turn viewers against Leno so Leno won’t regain the ratings lead when he returns to the Tonight Show.
Your observations are very astute.
1) DUH, who could blame him for that?
2) DUH, who could blame him for that?
I’m not the biggest Letterman fan and, to be honest, I don’t even watch late night, but Letterman is making this hysterical. Blood in the water and Dave’s circling. Good for Dave.
Maaaaannn is Jay looking bad. It’ll be interesting to see what these guys and their ratings look like in 6 months.
Question: Will Jay be taking his moronic high-fiving intro to The Tonight Show? Can he at least stage dive into the cloud to make it look less pathetic? Don’t recall CARSON ever high-fiving the obviously rehearsed croud that conglomerates at stage front.
Honey, did you ever watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno? Jay opened The Tonight Show for 17 years with what you refer to as “his moronic high-fiving intro.” In fact, he brought his signature opening to the 10 p.m. gig.
Perhaps you should read Nikke’s instructions for commenting here: “don’t get your facts wrong.”
Sweetheart, I find Jay Leno to be boring, forced and very old hat. Point being, I’m sure I’ve seen his Tonight Show at least once before but don’t remember anything he has done and I definitely don’t recall his “signature opening”; something so painful to watch I WOULD have remembered that.
Unsure what “facts” I got wrong though? In my opening I clearly stated that I don’t even watch late night, which is an upfront admission that I am by no means a “Late Night expert” and I never stated that he DIDN’T do that during his run on The Tonight Show. You’re reaching with your accusation that I got “facts” wrong. What you SHOULD have commented on was my misspelling of “crowd” twice.
PS – If you’re going to be annoyed with Commentors getting their facts wrong, you really should save yourself the aggravation and stop reading comments. I’d guess half these people have never spent a day in the Business.
Like Lesley said, the high five stuff is left over from his Tonight Show.
Those people in front stood in line at NBC from 4-5am to get a ticket. Then went to the other side of the building and sat/stood in line for 13 more hours to get those high five seats.
The NBC studio tour line is that Jay is giving them love for being that dedicated.
The other studio line is that he fashioned his studio after the SNL sets so he could be closer to the audience and have a more intimate setting. So apparently, there is less seating than with Carson’s Tonight Show. Which makes you wonder if Jay couldn’t fill Carson’s studio at the time of the takeover.
If I were Letterman I’d shut up. Leno has been taking shots, repeatedly about Letterman screwing interns. He got in a two-fer, riffing on Letterman’s age, and infidelity, in his “Bing Search” gag. He had another with his bit with Chelsea Handler.
Letterman is now like Clinton. The go-to joke for laughs about icky sex by a sex-crazed, older guy.
What shocked me was Leno’s claim he had no agent or manager. Huh?
Most people really don’t joke about Clinton. They remember a President who balanced a budget while bringing about the largest post-war economic boom in American history.
lol send him a postcard thanking him for the credit bubble
But that would go against every last drop of Letterman’s persona. He obviously couldn’t care less if Jay keeps cracking intern jokes. He simply doesn’t care. After all, Dave’s always been the most straightforward. When the scandal broke, he came out and called himself a creep. The problem is Jay cares about his own image FAR more than Dave cares about his. That’s why the intern jokes just don’t work. Dave never asked for nor desires an audiences love, and Jay has always been desperate for it.
Jay can make all the jokes he wants. Nobody’s watching. Which is why he is being canceled.
I kept waiting for the funny.. is there a part 2 of the clip?
Well, I realize you are trying to make a snarky comment about not finding it humorous. But there are, in fact, two video clips up there. So, to answer your question: yes. There is a part 2 of the clip.
I find it funny that Dave makes fun of “the guy who laughs at everything” which is essentially what Paul Shaffer has been doing the last 25 years. And Letterman should be the last person accusing others of stealing because he stole his best bits from Steve Allen.
What an opportunity for Letterman to show some class! What a wasted opportunity.
Gawd I love David Letterman! I burst into tears at his crack about Leno hanging around the lobby instead of looking for another job elsewhere. But in the end its nice to see Dave having the last laugh in all this. Its funny how the chickens came home to roost re NBC and this whole Late Night mess. For any of us whoever question the power of KARMA this is a perfect example. Its may not come around as quick as people think but man does it COME!!!!!!
You’re right. Karma. As Rosie said Leno is gonna go down in history as the Tonya Harding of late night TV. Decades from now, when students in TV class study this era Leno will be a joke at best, and a Benedict Arnold type at worst. What a wasted life. You’ve got money, yeah, but you don’t have respect, love, or, apparently, any semblance of a feeling of well being.
I started watching Letterman again this week due to the P.R. I think I’ll continue. The dude’s special.
As usual, Dave cuts straight to the the heart of the matter.
And it’s funny, cuz it’s true.
“Don’t wait in the lobby…”
One question I haven’t heard asked: What is NBC going to do in 5-10 years when Leno actually DOES retire? They are throwing the future (Conan) out the door and I don’t think he’ll come back!
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And don’t blame Conan
Dave’s awesome. Well said…
How sad that 17-years after NBC Leno picked over Letterman for the Tonight Show that Letterman is still pouting and bitching. GET OVER IT.
Conan is a $30M a year whiney brat. He and his agents demanded NBC retire Leno so he could take over the Tonight Show or he would leave. NBC caved and Leno went along with it in exchange for a prime time show. NBC has not reneged on both.
However, for Conan to whine about being forced out… What goes around, comes around.
Yeah…not exactly what happened. NBC wanted Leno to leave because the crowd he attracts are mostly older people who don’t buy anything. Conan attracts the youthful demographic NBC needed to get revenue for the sponsors. Perhaps less viewers, but more viewers that actually buy things. Therefore, when the time came to renew Leno’s contract (notice that nobody was being kicked out), NBC chose Conan to replace him. Leno, Mr. Team Player, wanted to pull a Dave Letterman and start his own show to compete with the Tonight Show when his contract EXPIRED. Fearing that this would hurt Conan’s show, NBC told Leno they’d give the 10pm thing a shot. Leno was always more interested in keeping himself on TV than in doing anything to help either Conan or the network. Conan was always NBC’s choice to replace Leno. This bull about his agents strongarming anybody is just Leno throwing anybody under the bus that he needs to to protect his precious “nice guy” image.
Just so it can be said so it’s all on the table, because Jay has already acknowledged this:
In 2004, when Conan’s contract came up for renegotiation, and documented at tons of places, ABC made feelers that they would be willing to move “Nightline” and give Conan the spot at ABC. Whether there was fire to the rumor or not, it circulated widely, and NBC responded.
They went to Conan’s agent and impressed on them that they didn’t want Conan to leave, and that if he stayed and waited “just five years” he’d have the job he really wanted.
They then went to Jay, who said he was cool with that.
A few years later, as Jay was getting ready to have his contract runout, he was asked to re-up and redo a contract with NBC to move to primetime, after all, he had said he wanted to keep going, and now NBC didn’t want him going elsewhere.. and while ABC wasn’t a likely suitor, Fox might have been. So, to prevent that from happening, they offered Jay primetime with a HUGE poison pill.
Now here we are. Both talent took the best deal available to them negotiated by NBC, who isn’t some hapless victim who had no choice. NBC made the choices and proposed the contracts and was happy with them when signed.
They were just wrong. Just way wrong.
The infamous Leno clip from five years ago disproves your nonsense, Dreg. Leno had signed his five year contract already. This mess started when Conan’s contract came up and he wanted the show so bad he was willing to go after Jay’s job without waiting for Jay to retire. You’re so busy calling Jay a hypocrite now that you’re not noticing your own hypocrisy in excusing Conan’s behavior.
Was that really Ed Hall narrating the fake promo in the second clip?
If so, that’s the only thing that was that funny about it.
Still, I really am loving the late night soap opera. Which reminds me… funny how Zucker made that comment about how “everyone loves a good soap opera” when he has been threatening to pull the plug on the last vestige of NBC daytime (and one of the few NBC shows and only daytime show to INCREASE ratings over the last year) and cancel “Days of our Lives.”
Letterman’s always at his best when he’s a colossal dick, and his savaging of NBC and Jay Leno is oh-so-sweet. To see Letterman really let loose and attack Jay is something to behold, and the best Leno can do is offer a few lame sex jokes. Typical Leno.
As entertaining as O’Brien has been the last few nights, there’s nothing quite like watching Letterman sit back and enjoy the chaos.
This is classic stuff – Dave is on fire!
And finally, someone has called Jay out for shamelessly ripping off so much material from others over the years.
Fun fact: Edd Hall was a staffer on Late Night with David Letterman before he became the Tonight Show announcer. Great to see he’s back on Team Dave!
That “Conan is a family guy” bit from Jay seemed a clear shot at Dave. Why else would Jay care? It’s not like Jay has a family. (He has a wife, but no kids.) Anyway, it seems Dave noticed it too.
Jay seemed to take a couple of shots at Conan last night, including that bit about “red-haired” and “over-rated” and that joke about “blaming others.” He’s a weird, passive-aggressive dude.
That’s a great bit of Letterman’s but it would have been even better if he audience didn’t applaud all the time. That’s just annoying and time-wasting.
If Dave really wants to bury Jay he should show that video from 2004 of Leno announcing his intention to step down that was posted on funnyordie. That “Hey, Conan, it’s yours, buddy” is a lie of the magnitude of “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” In fact, maybe Conan should show it.
Dave is just the freaking king – it is so much fun to see how much fun he is having with this. Keep it going!
I’m one of the few people in the world who has spent time back stage working for both “Late Night” with Conan and “Tonight” with Leno.
I don’t buy the story that Conan is peddling to the press at all. Sorry CoCo… I saw too much backstage to believe the hype.
Dave is bitter as all hell and he contradicts himself as much as anyone in this mess with the Rolling Stone story posted above.
There’s evil-doin enuff here on all three sides (Jay, “CoCo” and the Peacock) … but to hear the press talk… Team CoCo has done nothing wrong.
Not buying it.
LEAVE KEVIN EUBANKS ALONE. PAUL is the exact same! He laughs at everything letterman says and is way more annoying.
Dave is interesting. Jay isn’t. Jay would never do something on his show that you’d talk about the next morning.
Leno’s only funny to baby-boomers, America’s worst generation. NBC is better showing infomercials in the Tonight Show time slot, since at least that’s targeted marketing. Only thing Leno’s fans buy is BS and excuses.
Bitter, table for one?
Letterman has been pretty pathetic through it all.
The “that’s the guy I know line” was also what Keith Olbermann said about the guy who tried to blackmail Letterman.
Letterman is a creepy old man reselling material he stole from Steve Allen and yeah, Jay Leno. In early Tom Snyder interviews, Letterman and Merrill Markoe (remember her, Letterman defenders?) cop to stealing their sensibility from early Jay Leno.
Now Letterman is soiling his Depends because Leno’s coming back to kick his thieving ass. Sample the Letterman Show tonight, you can smell the stink of panic and desperation.