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Howard Stern warned Conan to be wary of Jay Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 7:00PM
You might have wondered why Howard Stern really declined to be Conan O'Brien's last few shows on The Tonight Show. Here's a possibility: Howard hates being proved right. Sure, it's a long shot.

TVTattle dug up an old Late Night interview from 2006 with the longtime radio host warning Conan, "I don't see this guy (Leno) leaving and letting you walk in and I'm concerned about you."

Nice call, Howard. Would you also be willing to take over my stock portfolio and attend my upcoming IRS audit with me?

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January 26 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

I don't get it, why all the animosity? Business is business!
No one here is hard-up for cash, Conan is getting a huge payout, Stern, Leno and Letterman are all filthy......rich.

So it comes down to ethics? really?

Stern's topics are full of filth, trash and sex. He has a legion on young, impressionable minds listening in, and what education does he give them?

Letterman is an adulterer. A cheat who slept with a colleague! What kind of low-life scum does that?

Finally, poor Conan, who must feel like he has been pushed out, without accepting any of the blame. Face it dude, if your ratings were high, it would be Jay on the street and you wouldnt have any problems with it!
The fact that one cannot accept their failures is a reflection on their character. They make excuses (poor lead-in, older people don't get me, etc..) and look really stupid.

And the ultimate villains, the NBC execs, well what can you say? When you get into bed with these type of people are you so stupid that you don't expect to get shit on?

Come on, grow up!

January 25 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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H

Actually, Jay's ratings were as bad as Conan's and he ISN'T on the street. The main problem was that Conan had to deal with Leno being his lead-in. Since Leno was failing - that left Conan trying to make a crowd who wasn't watching un-funny talk show want to stay up and change the channel from whatever they were already watching.

When Jay first started to succeed (after NBC gave him a whole two years of leeway on his horrible ratings), his lead-ins were Seinfeld, Friends... all NBC shows that were raking in the views in droves. It's easy to get people to watch your show when you're presenting a common, predictable formula right after the network airs the most successful shows on television.

Try selling newer, edgier comedy to an older audience when your only lead-in is a dismal failure.

So no, the "lead-in" issue isn't an excuse, it's a plausible cause-and-effect theory. Successful lead-ins=higher ratings; lead-ins with bad ratings=low ratings.

January 27 2010 at 3:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Knight

Hoo Hooo I invented media squabbles Robin!

January 25 2010 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

Oh here we go again. Howard invented everything the earth the sky ect. He is a fool. They tried to push Jay out when he was #1 and it flopped. Conan is ok but not for the people who watch the Tonight show at 11:30 wrong demo. Dave Letterman knows Jay will be in first place when he comes back so he took his shots as well. Conan will get his chance to prove NBC wrong and will do ok but wont win as well. GET OVER IT. I would like to know if Howard would like to give up his big payday at sirius so a new and up coming show can take over and do something new oh wait he did that bit already and Jay stole that as well the nerve............

January 25 2010 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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YouFaceTheTick

Haven't listened to stern in years but it takes a bold person to claim Leno isn't a thief (and from all reports from his dealings with Letterman and Conan a sneaky beeyatch).

January 25 2010 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lam

Stern hates him because...

...Leno's writers steals his on air bits.
...Leno went behind his back to get Stuttering John. He would have been fine with it if Jay was up front with him.
Leno does milk toast interviews that appeal to his geriatric audience.

Stern hates flying and every danger associated with it, and doesn't want to spend 2 days traveling to LA and back for essentially a 15 min interview/grilling. If Conan was still in NY, he would have been there in a minute.

On his show today, he was pissed at Conan for being so gracious in his final thoughts about NBC, and letting Will Ferrel hijack his show and essentially singing karaoke. Not much of a send off to Conan and more of Will just being a goof.

January 25 2010 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike

I agree with the ending. It's almost as if Conana was already gone. Sad.

January 26 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I see we're still stuck on the waaaaambulance for Conan.
Oh well.
Howie has been mad at Jay ever since his announcer quit to go and work for Jay. Simple as that.

January 25 2010 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Fred

It's not as simle as that. Jay Leno has been ripping off Howards bits for years. He hired John out from under his nose. Leno is a backstabbing no talent. Stern has every reason to hate Leno. In regards to the article Stern didn't go on the show because he lives in NY. He does not fly to LA. He hates flying.

January 25 2010 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dude

Cool story, bro.

January 25 2010 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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