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Oprah to interview Jay Leno next week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2010 3:30PM
OprahSo what does a celebrity do when he wants to look good to the public again? He goes on Oprah of course!

That's what Jay Leno is going to do. Oprah Winfrey is going to interview him for a segment that will air next Thursday. Let's predict how this will go, shall we? He'll come out to a lot of applause, he'll make some jokes about how NBC screwed both him and Conan (which Leno has been doing this past week, trying to look like NBC has wronged him in some way - pretty strange considering Leno got exactly what he wanted), make some political jokes, try to come off as The Nice Guy (TM).

Now...will Oprah give Conan a chance to be on her show at some point? Who will get the first interview with Conan anyway? I pray it's David Letterman, on March 1.

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Professor Zed

Mike (above) just said: "Does anyone remember Conan drew half the audience of Jay, which let to this ruckus?" Gee Mike, no, I don't remember that as leading to this ruckus. Because the FACT is, it did not. The NBC affiliates around the country were displeased with the performance of THE JAY LENO SHOW at 10:00. The NBC affiliates were demanding that NBC do something about THE JAY LENO SHOW. It was THE JAY LENO SHOW which was underperforming and which the NBC affiliates wanted removed from the schedule. Jay Leno was handed 5 HOURS of prime time television on an American television network - AND FAILED MISERABLY AT IT. In fact, Leno failed so bad, that it certainly seems as if he failed at it on purpose. Jay Leno is a fake. He is a fraud. He is not a nice person at all. He is a liar. He is despicable, devious and as should be obvious by the cancellation of HIS primetime program, Jay Leno is A FAILURE. Conan's problem (other than being brought down by a ratings-losing lead-in by the name of "The Jay Leno Show") was that he listened to the untalented, imbecilic NBC non-show-business minded executives. Conan altered his performance - at the demand of those NBC executives - so as not to alienate the older Jay Leno Tonight Show viewers who might still be watching. In doing so, Conan alienated his own fan base. This past week, Conan was clearly back to being himself, and his performance was brilliant.

January 23 2010 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Conan's final NBC show proved why he is going, going, gone. It was OK. Not great. Not womething you'd tape if it were to air again . The best bit was the first one, with Steve Carrell. The end was so stupid it almost doesn't merit mentioming, with Will Ferrell showing once again it's all about Will and it's not that funny anymore. Does anyone remember Conan drew half the audience of Jay, which let to this ruckus? I was intrigued by Tom Hanks. But Hanks will be on the Leno show again when his next pic is released and all the kissing up to Coco will be distant past. I know the smarks on this site and on ONTD have been hand-wringing about Conan. No one was watching. Folks vote with their TVs. He lost. He's gone. Get over yourself.

January 23 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
my_name_is_ray

So why is Leno a douche bag? Simple, when NBC announced the deal years ago he said "I'm fine with this." Then about two years ago he started making noise, saying he really didn't want to give up the show.

Leno screwed Conan twice, he didn't put any effort into "The Jay Leno Show" and served up re-warmed Tonight Show leftovers. That caused ratings for NBC affiliates local news to go down. Conversely, The Tonight Show's ratings went down.

NBC did not give Conan proper time to rebuild an audience. And now Jay gets what he always wanted, he gets The Tonight Show back. Good luck with the large chinned Frankenstein you created NBC. You're stuck with him.

January 22 2010 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eugene

So... Leno is a douche bag for wanting his job back? And Conan is not a douche bag for getting someone fired in the first place? And what about zucker? He's not a douche for not having the balls to stick with one host?

I can't believe people are taking sides here. Conan was an asshat for getting Jay fired in the first place. NBC for thinking they could have it both ways and Jay, well Jay is tragically unfunny.

January 22 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Xyz

Ehwhatnow? Conan didn't get Jay fired at all. NBC wanted to keep Conan in the fold, so they offered him the Tonight Show. Conan didn't say "I want Jay's job or else". Other people were making offers to Conan, and the NBC execs wanted to keep him, if you're going to blame someone, blame NBC and Leno for ending up on prime time.

January 22 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eugene

If we're blaming Jay for Conan leaving, when it was Conan's choice to leave NBC rather than start 30 mins later, why can't we blame Conan for getting Jay fired?

I get we like Conan better, between the two, I like Conan better too, but this isn't Jay's fault.

January 22 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

Leno. Such a douche bag. Nothing worse than a passive aggressive who pretends to be The Nice Guy (TM) but is really a duplicitous jerk. But, that apparently works in Corporate America.

January 22 2010 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

When Conan does do an interview, he can talk about those lousy ratings he had and the grand payoff he ended up with. Leno is getting what he wants because Zucker is a businessman and NBC knows they screwed up putting Conan at the helm of The Tonight Show. Within a year, Leno will be beating the pants off Letterman again. Wait and see.

January 22 2010 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MikeW

And that's why America should be ashamed...

January 22 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
josh

Why does Leno need to do interviews? Doesn't he have his own show? Is he not on TV enough already?

January 22 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argus

Except that Conan can't do interviews for eight months.

January 22 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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