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Why don’t we just wait for the Supreme Court to makes its decision (it’ll be Leno). And then Conan can go make his documentary, “An Inconvenient Injustice.”
Funny, if a little mean.
I hope for Conan’s sake, and the many families that moved their lives to LA last year, that he takes NBC to the cleaners and lands a plum spot at FOX. As their local news wraps at 11pm, it would give Conan a 35 minute lead on Letterman and Leno.
that was great. lol. sign the petition please!
Both hilarious…and true !
Law & Order: Leno Victims Unit. LMAO!!!
One Silver lining in this whole mess, late night hosts have some great new material. I can’t wait to see Conan’s monologue tonight.
@0:57 in second clip: “And I want to tell you something. A lot of people criticize these executives at NBC. But don’t kid youselves. If they didn’t know what they were doing they wouldn’t be there”.
Classic. What’s the likelihood the Comcast deal brought this to a head?
Curious, do Dave and Leno get along?
Letterman’s right, it’s absolutely all about money. The sooner NBC brings back their cash cow Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show, the better. That 40M allegedly owed O’Brien will be pocket change as higher ratings add up to increased revenues.
It’s all about the bottom line and Jay Leno is better for it than Conan O’Brien.
Not anymore he’s not. He’s damaged goods now. How often can you say you want someone else’s job and not look like back-stabbing sleazebag? By the way, where do you work? I want your job.
Oh this is sooooo beautiful. I bet Letterman had wanted to do that to “Big Chin” Leno for a long, long time.
LMAO!!! Dave is still the KING. Looking forward to seeing Conan on the Late Show.
Go get ’em Dave. Props to Conan for sticking up for himself today.
I think NBC was just getting jealous of Sony getting all the attention for making idiotic moves this week…
If NBC had just done the right thing and let Letterman have the Tonight Show all those years ago, none of this would be happening.
If Letterman had taken over the Tonight Show instead of Leno, then wouldn’t he have been fired over that adultery-blackmail thing this summer? Either way he’s got the moral standing of a nematode.
Oh no he didn’t. David Letterman, the man who demanded Johnny Carson’s outrageous perks from CBS, is saying it’s all about money? I have a question … Has CBS ever in history made any money from broadcasting David Letterman’s Show? I understand that CBS demanded some modifications to Letterman’s original “Johnny Carson Package Deal” but still, you have to wonder if Letterman has ever generated actual profit for CBS. And all the money Letterman’s production company is getting from “Everybody Loves Raymond” most probably would have been going to CBS rather than Letterman.
WHEN IS JEFF ZUCKER GONNA LOSE HIS JOB?!?!?!?
David Letterman can really laugh at what is going on at his former place of employment.
I was reading something that someone wrote on Aaron Barnhardt’s TV BARN blog that stated that what Dave said was “mean” towards Leno and have to disagree. I laughed hysterically because it was funny and Dave of course was classy in praising Jay for the quality of his prime time show. Then when I watched Conan’s monologue last night, his impersonation of Leno was a scream. LOL.
If Jay were smart, he would save his image and go quietyly in to the night because this is going to be a big mess, but I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out.
It took Jay Leno three years of hosting The Tonight Show before he consistently beat Letterman in the ratings. NBC gave Conan seven months and he had the misfortune of having the Leno-damaged local newscasts as his lead-in.
Here’s what everyone seems to be overlooking: this move has damaged Leno and NBC so badly that there’s no guarantee that he’d beat Conan’s current ratings even if he does take the 11:35 slot. I was never one of the Leno haters and thought he did a serviceable if safe job on Tonight, but I know I won’t watch him again after this. That he’d even consider stealing the job of a talented young host like Conan speaks volumes about his character.
If Jay had only stood up for himself years ago when the plan for Conan to take Tonight was first discussed, he wouldn’t be in this mess.
Hey Dave,Jimmy take NBC to the hilarious cleaners over thier stupid mistake with Conan. Keep up the humer with it. But go after the NBC suits they need to be joked about and call jon stewart at comedy central to help too.
Mean? I really thought that it was hysterically funny. Dave seemed sincere about praising Jay’s work as host of “Tonight” and his new show and then single handedly brought the house down with his “Big Chic ‘Leno'” diatribe….Watch Monday’s desk segment as well….Funny stuff…I wonder if Coco has consulted with Dave who told him to stay and let NBC fire him?
That second clip oozes a big inky puddle of Schadenfreude. Fantastic.
Schandefreude…Yes, love it. Also in regard to the person who asked if “Late Show” makes money for CBS..HELLO? Yes, it makes oodles of cash for the network. Letterman’s personal take is purportedly just shy of 31.5 million per year plus incentives for ratings which he should be doing much better since September.
I read that CBS used to bring in 150 million or so per year in ad revenue from “Late Show” with World Wide Pants receiving around 70 million in licensing fees and production costs. Am I correct?
It looks like we’ll be getting a sequel to “The Late Shift.”
It is my understanding that Letterman’s original contract with CBS called for: 1) Letterman’s production company owning the rights to Letterman’s broadcasts; and 2) that CBS had to broadcast one of Letterman’s productions on CBS’s prime time schedule. It seems to me that the syndication rights for “Everybody Loves Raymond” and the re-broadcast / licensing rights to Letterman’s episodes add up to CBS losing money (a whole lot of money in the long run) on Letterman. Essentially, most of the millions of dollars going into Letterman’s pocket under Letterman’s “Johnny Carson Deal” with CBS would have been going to CBS if Letterman had a “regular” / Non-Carson Contract.