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Leno: 'Conan Got Screwed'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:11AM
Joy Behar from CNN's sister station HLN stopped backstage at the "what's old is new again" version of 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' and managed to snag an interview with Jay. Jay ended up stating how both he and Conan got screwed by the situation at NBC with 'The Tonight Show.' While there is a great deal of truth to his words, Jay is selectively editing history by leaving out his responsibility regarding Conan's tumultuous departure. Here's the video:

NBC made several attempts in the Second Late Night War to undermine Conan as the host of 'The Tonight Show,' including having 'The Jay Leno Show' as a lead-in. During all of this, Jay could have simply walked away and went somewhere else for another late-night job like David Letterman did ages ago, but he didn't. Whether his motivations were selfish or out of a sense of loyalty to NBC (or a combination of both) is dependent on the individual you ask.

Mind you, like all the high-priced hookers in the entertainment industry, Conan was well compensated for his shafting. However I don't think Conan enjoyed being treated like a sex puppet anywhere near as much as Jay did.

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