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Jay Leno and "SNL" on NBC late night war: same script

Watch Jay Leno explain the Great NBC Late Night Disaster of 2010 to viewers -- it's from his Monday show.

Then watch Seth Meyers explain the same kerfuffle between Jay and Conan O'Brien to viewers -- it's from the most recent edition of "Saturday Night Live."

It's like they had the same script writer:

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 19, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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Hey Lisa - because it is the TRUTH (I am surprised to be defending SNL).

It is a FACT that Conan wanted to move up to the Tonight show and was threatening to leave.

It is a FACT that the network twisted Jay's arm to get him to agree to retire.

It is a FACT that Jay was leading in the ratings at his time slot w/the Tonight Show.

It is a FACT that Conan (who may be a decent guy) had been losing in the ratings. (And surprise - Letterman wants Conan as his direct competition.)

So what are they supposed to revise history and the FACTS, because the Hooyweird "elite" think it is cool to bash Jay - who while he is not conservative is right of ultra radical Letterman?

What is surprising is that the left wind radicals at NBC haven't given the slot to some slobbering fawning radical like Olberman or MAtthews -(Don't have to be good, right or funny, just left)

Posted by: Justice26 | January 19, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

haha, what on earth is that first post talking about?

Hilarious nonetheless. Please everyone continue to use the term, "Hollyweird", it is hysterically funny.

Posted by: jtinyaface | January 20, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Justice?

Conan wasn't threatening to leave - well, maybe back in 2004. NBC wrote the Tonight Show into his contract. When they did that, they were basically telling Leno that he was out the door in 2009.

Leno puts up good numbers and suddenly NBC tries to double dip. Keep Leno, but wait, Conan's contract says he gets the Tonight Show. What to do? I guess you move Leno to a different time slot and honor Conan's contract.

Leno at 10pm doesn't cut it and local affliates complain about it hurting their news ratings. Conan's numbers can't touch Leno's old numbers, so everybody is hurting all the way around.

Quick, move Leno and bump Conan - sorry, Conan isn't going to take that......and really, what can Leno put out in a half hour show?

NBC = NoBodyCares. Classic case study in how to run a network into the ground. Followed very closely by CBS!

Posted by: haywoodj | January 21, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

more for Justice:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/27/business/media/28CND-NBC.html

Sept 27, 2004

NBC announced today that Conan O'Brien will succeed Jay Leno as host of the "Tonight" show when Mr. Leno's contract expires in 2009, cutting off early efforts by competitors to steal away Mr. O'Brien.

Mr. O'Brien, the host of NBC's "Late Night" for more than 11 years, signed a new contract early today at NBC's headquarters in Rockefeller Center. The deal guarantees Mr. O'Brien will serve at least two years as host of "Tonight," still the leading show in late-night television, when he takes over from Mr. Leno at a yet-to-be-determined date in 2009.

Posted by: haywoodj | January 21, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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