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Chevy on Conan: He's "getting screwed"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 11th 2010 10:31AM
As part of the entire press' never-ending effort to ask everyone and their mother in the universe about NBC's late night shake-up, a man who can provide some real perspective on the matter has spoken up.

Chevy Chase, star of NBC's Community and former star of the late night titanic The Chevy Chase Show on Fox, told The Toronto Sun's Bill Harris at the Television Critics Association press tour that he felt Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien has gotten the short end of the ugly stick, now that Jay Leno has wormed his way back into his old time slot.

He attributed the move to NBC's long standing relationship with Jay and thinks Conan and company will bail ship and head to Fox because, "I think he's too good for The Tonight Show in terms of intellect, and maybe too bad for it because of that, too."

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We all have cable and have no need for TV Guide or their
polls. Probably recieved 19% answered and padded it with another 50% Just go over the outpour of love for Jay in the notes on here. What has happened to good Tv?

February 13 2010 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Conan is getting screwed and everyone should boycott the tonight show when the chin comes back (he sucked the last few years anyhow!). NBC will see how stupid their business practices are!

January 22 2010 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Conan good, Leno bad, blah blah blah. If Conan had decent ratings against Letterman this situation would not be happening; Leno would be out the door. Conan's ratings stink - even Nightline beats him. And to those who spew the "he wins the 18 to 45 numbers" spiel, if that was important to NBC, again Leno would be out the door. I hope Conan moves to midnight and his ratings continue to suck. Of course, even if they do, his throngs will still blame Leno for being a weak lead-in, regardless of what Leno's ratings against Letterman are.

January 11 2010 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike butts

Nighttime talk shows have run their course..let's move on to more creative programming. They're nothing more than venues for famous people to promote their latest movies etc.

January 11 2010 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't care how much of a nice guy shtick Leno puts on, he's only proving how vicious, backhanded, and maniacal he is. I don't know who he has photos and recordings of but it seems like it must be the heads of Comcast and GE.

January 11 2010 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew W.

I don't understand why Leno is being rewarded for failing. He had his run, he's overstayed his welcome and now it's time to step aside for the next guy.

January 11 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Matthew W.'s comment

It makes sense if you ever heard the story about how Jay Leno got the Tonight Show over David Letterman.

If you have Biography Channel, you should watch the Biography of David Letterman, they go over how Jay pretty much screwed Letterman out of The Tonight Show.

Jay is pretty much trying to save his hide. (Yet I don't know why as much money as he has.)

January 11 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it was a smart move to kick out Leno and move up O'Brien. It helps establish a new brand for people to move to when Letterman retires in a few years (in theory).

But I do feel bad for Leno in all this to a degree. All the other hosts have left on their own terms (as far as I'm aware) and to have people come in and tell you that you are done is kind of rough. But at think Leno needs to look at this mess and realize that it's probably best for him to walk away. He can host a car show on speed channel or discovery.

January 11 2010 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mark Pulham

Forget Leno and Conan, the bad guy in this is NBC. A few months ago, I read 'The Late Shift', on how NBC dealt with replacing Carson when he retired from the Tonight Show. Throughout it all, it was clear that NBC were screwing everyone they could. They had as good as promised the job to Letterman, and also promised it to Leno. It was fascinating reading, and NBC came across as double dealing and shifty. Now, it looks as though nothing has changed with the NBC executives, and they are doing it again. They made a decision to give the job to Conan, who may well be nowhere near the numbers that Leno was getting, but then, Leno wasn't getting the numbers either when he started, Letterman was slaughtering him. But they never gave him the chance to catch on. Audiences are different at different times of the night. Leno's show has failked because the audience is not right, he needs a late night audience. In the same way, Conan's audience is the after midnight crowd. It's not that they cannot change, but it takes time. So I feel sorry for Leno, and I feel sorry for Conan, but don't blame them for the screw up, blamed the NBC executives who start to mess around when they don't get instant gratification.

January 11 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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