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This Year's Time 100 List Includes Several TV People

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2010 1:30PM
ConanAh, what a difference one year can make.

Last year, Time magazine did a cover story on Jay Leno and his big move to primetime, in which the magazine called him the "future of television."

But on this year's list of the 100 Most Influential People, Leno is nowhere to be found. Who made it instead? Yep, you guessed it: former 'Tonight Show' host Conan O'Brien.

There are eight other TV people on the list too, ranging from talk-show hosts, to a reality show judge to a couple of producers. See who made it after the jump.

There are a few people on the list whose honor comes as no surprise, like Oprah Winfrey, since she's one of the most powerful media people in the universe. And Simon Cowell's name is no surprise either, since he's a driving force behind one of the top shows on TV ('American Idol') and also made news this past year for announcing his departure from the show. The other people on the list include Ricky Gervais, 'Lost' producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, 'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris, who seems to be everywhere these days, 'Glee's' Lea Michele, and Fox News anchor Glenn Beck.

Each of the entries were written by another celebrity who knows them or knows a lot about them. Conan's was written by new TBS buddy George Lopez, Harris's by Joss Whedon, Oprah's by Phil Donahue, Cowell's by Nick Cannon, Gervais's by Karl Pilkington (of course) and the 'Lost' guys get a nice tribute from Time TV critic James Poniewozik.

I wonder why some other names aren't on the list, though. How about Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Roger Ailes? Tina Fey? Matthew Weiner?

Tell us: Who do you think should have made Time's list?

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April 30 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

quite ironic considering it was leno's influence that booted conan!

April 30 2010 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Han Solo

What a bunch of LIES this list is. It's totally fake.


Here were the real results, not the ones they printed.

The 2010 TIME 100 Poll

Rank Name Avg. Rating Total Votes
1 Lady Gaga 88 102754
2 Conan O'Brien 92 75084
3 Yu-Na Kim 88 56934
4 Rain 92 34847
5 Dana White 85 26070
6 Robert Pattinson 84 24952
7 Adam Lambert 93 16397
8 Neil Patrick Harris 90 16881
9 Sachin Tendulkar 94 14447
10 Shah Rukh Khan 93 13887
11 Penny Arcade guys 91 14103
12 Ron Paul 93 12304

Odd, None of their left wing buddies are on the list. TIME==propaganda not any real commentary on society

April 29 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NPH is quickly racing towards "National Treasure" status, and deserves every bit of it.

April 29 2010 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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