Today I'm thinking that we should just set up a cage match between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien to decide who gets the Tonight Show. This thing is getting crazy! Now celebs are taking sides.
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Paul Reiser
- Ricky Gervais
- Matthew Perry
- Patton Oswalt
- Ice T
- David Letterman
- Christina Applegate
- Rosie O'Donnell
I think Team Conan wins on sheer numbers. I just decided that it might actually be funnier to put Rosie and Seinfeld into the cage match to duke this one out.
Oh, sorry I was imagining the hilarity.
Rosie told reporters that Leno should just step aside and give Conan his due. "If you're privileged enough to drive the bus, you should say, 'Thank you' and drive it to the best of your ability, and when it's time for them to hire a new driver, you should say 'Thank you for allowing me to drive this as long as I did' and pass the keys to the new guy with red hair, and not try to flatten his tires before he even gets going."
Here's the latest on the saga:
TheDailyBeast.com reports that Conan is close to a deal with NBC that will not only give him a payout to leave the Tonight Show, it will also allow him to appear on another network before his contract expires. Sources say Conan could be getting as much as $40 million, although he's going to have to agree not to badmouth NBC. In addition, sources say a sticking point for Conan is his staff. Many of them moved coasts to work on the show, and that Conan wants to be sure they're taken care of. Meanwhile, NBC exec Dick Ebersol told the New York Times that Conan was to blame for all his problems with the program. Ebersol called Conan's stint on the Tonight Show an "astounding failure," and says he met with Conan three weeks before the June premiere to give him advice on how to expand his audience, but Conan ignored him. "I like Conan enormously personally," said Ebersol. "He was just stubborn about not being willing to broaden the appeal of his show."
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