All day there’s been a turf war going on at NBC regarding talk show personalities Jay Leno and Conan O’ Brien. There’s been speculation regarding whether or not the network will keep “The Jay Leno Show” at its 10 pm time slot or push it back to 11:30. The big problem here is what will happen to “The Tonight Show” and where does that leave Conan?
Earlier today, rumors surfaced that NBC wanted to cancel Leno, even though the host is locked in with a two year contract. Then word spread that they’re thinking about pushing his time slot to 11:30, and Conan O’Brien’s to midnight, which begs the question, what about Jimmy Fallon? The next update included an official statement that was released by the network to reassure their talents and the viewing audience that everything was under control.
“We have the best comedy team in the business. We remain committed to keeping Conan O’Brien on NBC. He is a valued part of our late-night line-up, as he has been for more than 16 years and is one of the most respected entertainers on television.”
Those words don’t carry a lot of weight because at today’s taping of “The Jay Leno Show” his opening monologue was full of snarky remarks directed towards the network. He stated that NBC stands for “Never Believe Your Contract.” Burn! This sounds like poetic justice for NBC, who constantly preached about the success of Leno, and how his show was saving them millions of dollars.
If they get rid of him now, they will have a lot of back peddling to do from all the statements they’ve made over the past year. No one’s denying that making a talk show as opposed to a one hour drama is cheaper, but it made no sense to bring in Leno to host a regurgitated version of “The Tonight Show.” That was a stupid move. Whatever they do, Jimmy Fallon better stay on the air because, his show is slowly growing on me.
Do you think NBC bit off more than they could chew with the Jay Leno Show? Should they push everything back or leave the schedule as is?
Source: Los Angeles Times