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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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Leno talks to TMZ about Conan, Letterman, and the Masturbating Bear

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 3:30PM
The ever-present TMZ caught up with Leno getting out of his car the other night (they always seem to catch him getting out of a car) and they asked him about Conan's last show, whether he'll use the Masturbating Bear (that's supposed to be capitalized, right?), and what he thinks of David Letterman.

Leno also says that he hasn't spoken to Conan at all since this whole thing started, and that tells you a lot.

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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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When Leno returns to The Tonight Show, he'll have a new desk and couch!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2010 2:02PM
Jay LenoI'm going to give NBC Universal TV Chairman Jeff Gaspin the benefit of the doubt in this interview over at The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed. If he's serious in some of the things he's saying, then it's pretty sad.

First Gaspin says that the decision to replace Conan O'Brien with Leno at 11:35 was based on "the facts," that The Tonight Show was down 49% and the affiliates were down 14% and that it "made sense to try to come up with some other formula for late night." And that was to put Leno back at 11:35 and (try to put) Conan at 12:05, which he didn't go for.

But you know what? Leno won't have Leno as his lead-in.

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Hulu users are not big Jay Leno fans

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:30AM
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I was on Hulu this morning looking for a clip from The Jay Leno Show for another post I'm doing, and I quickly found out that Hulu users are not on Team Jay. I let my cursor rest on one of the episodes (his January 19th one featuring Chelsea Handler), and some information about the show popped up, including user-generated tags. The above picture is a screenshot from Hulu, and if you can't read it, the tags say, "hack," "thief," "unfunny," "has been," and "backstabber."

If you scroll all the way down on the Jay Leno Show page on Hulu, in addition to a pretty nasty comment thread about how he stole The Tonight Show from Conan, you'll see a place where you can tag videos. Currently Leno has 51 tags, and the ones I mentioned above aren't even the worst ones. They're ranked by order of use, and "hack" is number 1, having been used 66 times. However, "nicest guy in tv" has been used four times, so that's something, right?

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Five reasons why Jay Leno should be Conan O'Brien's final Tonight Show guest

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 9:00AM

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has a handsome list of throwback guests, Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks who were the first and second guests when Conan O'Brien took over, on what is presumed to be his last show this Friday. Seriously, they still haven't resolved this thing. Say what you will about the dunderheads-in-chief at NBC, but at least they are consistent at failing.

And while it is nice to remind the audience and the network of the heavy hitters that Conan will have in his corner when he bids his former employer farewell, I'd like to see him take it one step further. Conan O'Brien should have Jay Leno (yes THAT Jay Leno, is there another?) as his final guest.

Sure, it sounds like a bigger pipe dream than mounting a Van Halen reunion tour with the undead corpse of Jimi Hendrix as the opening act, but here's five reasons why it would not only make sense for another small chapter of The Tonight Show dynasty, but for the television dynasty as a whole.

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What You Missed Last Night: Jeff Zucker on Charlie Rose

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2010 1:30PM
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We've heard from Jay Leno, we've heard from Conan O'Brien, we've heard from Dick Ebersol, and we've even heard from Southland's Ben McKenzie. But what about the guy who started all this, Jeff Zucker? He gave an interview to Charlie Rose last night and it's up at Rose's site (I'd embed it here but...I can't).

I love how Rose starts the conversation by saying that things have gone "downhill" for NBC and that it's "in shambles." Zucker quickly corrects him.

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Fans rally for Conan outside Universal Studios

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 19th 2010 9:00AM
Debris filled the streets after the rally to support Conan O'Brien outside Universal Studios.If you live in Los Angeles, be prepared to run into a lot of Conan O'Brien fans with severe colds over the next week.

Hundreds of dedicated "Cone-heads" braved some of the nastiest weather LA has seen in years to gather outside Universal Studios to show support for O'Brien and opposition over NBC's decision to remove him from The Tonight Show.

As multiple rain storms swept through the area, intersections flooded and cars choked out in waste-deep water. Wind gusts tore palm trees frond from frond, and flood channels threatened to overflow their drainage pipes.

But, throngs of orange-clad O'Brien enthusiasts gathered outside Universal's main gate -- urging the passing motorists to honk if they supported Conan's quest to hang on to the 11:30 PM slot on NBC.

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Southland's Ben McKenzie loves the cancelling of Jay Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 7:04AM
The whole Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien shakeup may have the rest of the world crying like jilted prom queens, but it's got one man grinning from ear to ear. And no, it's not Jeff Zucker. That would be more of a giant, belly shaking James Bond villain laugh.

Ben McKenzie, the man who tore into Jay Leno and his former network for pushing his cop drama Southland out of its time slot when Jay moved into primetime, has said he's happy The Jay Leno Show is going out of commission.

While he says that Leno is a "great guy," it still doesn't change his sentiments that he's "glad it failed...Things have worked out in a good way."

I'm sure Conan seconds those thoughts. That should make his first interview on Fox's Up Late at Night with Conan O'Brien especially awkward when he goes on it to promote Southland on TNT.

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Jay Leno explains his side of the NBC late night breakdown

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 2:31AM
A lot of words have been thrown around this whole late night shakeup over at NBC and Jay Leno decided that Monday, more than a week after this whole thing hit the fan, was the right time to address the situation. Sounds like NBC isn't the only entity in this mess with a timing issue.

Leno took some time before a round of "Headlines" during Monday's show to explain the situation from his point-of-view. He insisted that when NBC decided to pull the plug on his show and refused to release him from his contract, the network was sure Conan O'Brien and company would go for the new deal. He also said Conan acted like a complete "gentleman" throughout this ordeal and insisted that no one blame him for this mess. I think everyone is way ahead of you on that last one.

TMZ grabbed some footage of last night's sincere explanation.

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The TV Squad Podcast: Leno and Conan, Simon Cowell, TCAs and more

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 15th 2010 5:05PM
TV Squad logoI'm in Pasadena for the TCA press tour, and it's been one of the most news-packed tours in years. This week, Jason Hughes and Danny Gallagher join me to talk about what's going on in the TV world:
  • The Late Night Wars, 2010 edition, as we talk about Leno being pulled from 10:00, Conan's "hell no, I won't go to 12:05" letter, and more.
  • We discuss Simon Cowell's departure from American Idol and what that means for the show and his new show, The X Factor.
  • We talk about being at the TCAs, and some of the fun (and not so fun) things I've been doing here, and other news that has come out of the press tour.
  • Our picks of the week, and more.
Run time is 1:04:38

You can listen to the podcast below, or download from here or by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments or drop us a line at tvsquadpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.

As usual, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick.

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All the Jay Leno impressions you could ever want, if all you want is five

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 15th 2010 12:00PM
A lot of people both in and around the media have been bashing Jay Leno, and maybe it's a little unfair. After all, it's the dunderheads at the top who are forcing Conan O'Brien to prove his willingness to preserve the sanctity of The Tonight Show, not Jay. That doesn't mean we still can't enjoy more fun at Jay's expense!

Mental Floss has compiled a list of the best Leno impressions that have appeared on a television near you, from Jim Carrey on In Living Color to Dana Carvey on (even shorter lived than The Jay Leno Show) The Dana Carvey Show. Here's my personal favorite of the bunch: Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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What You Missed Last Night: Kimmel takes apart Leno on Leno's own show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2010 9:01AM
This was very satisfying to watch. Jimmy Kimmel appeared on The Jay Leno Show last night to do the "10@10" segment, just a couple of days after impersonating Leno on an entire Jimmy Kimmel Live episode. Did Kimmel pull any punches? No way. In fact, some of his barbs were really cutting, and if I can read people, he wasn't really kidding and Leno wasn't happy.

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New Tonight Show deal for Leno?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2010 5:47PM
Jay LenoAnd the hits in the new late-night war keep on coming:

(UPDATE: TV Guide Magazine says this deal is confirmed.)

TMZ is reporting that NBC signed Jay Leno to a contract to host The Tonight Show from 11:35 PM - 12:35 AM. Of course, TMZ being TMZ, this might just be a rumor.

However, given the fact that -- if Nikki Finke is to be believed -- that Jeff Zucker and the execs at NBC are trying to take a hard line with Conan, and Bill Simmons is saying that Conan's version of Tonight will end next Friday, the pieces of this puzzle might be falling into place.

I don't think we need to go over all the bloody details again, but we all know that Conan is getting the shaft here. Even if you weren't a fan of Conan's Tonight (Conan fan Bryan Curtis of The Daily Beast did a great piece today on why the show just isn't working), the guy doesn't deserve to get jerked around like this.

Now, here's the question: Did Jay get what he ultimately wanted, which was to never leave 11:35?

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Is next week Conan's last on The Tonight Show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 14th 2010 12:45PM
The Tonight ShowThis is officially still in the "rumor" category, but it comes from a source with some connections in late night. Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, says that sources have told him that next week is Conan O'Brien's last week on The Tonight Show.

I'm not sure what sources Simmons has at The Tonight Show, but he does know people over at Jimmy Kimmel Live, and I'm sure this type of news is going through all of the late night talk show staffs like a lightning bolt. Simmons says that Conan is trying to line up some big guest stars for the final week.

Oh, in case all of this is foreign to you, The Jay Leno Show has been canceled and NBC wants him back at 11:35. Didja hear?

Update: NBC says that no one has said anything about the show shutting down next week. They're not selling tickets for the following week, but I'm not sure if that's because it's his last week or if it was going to be a repeat week anyway.

Update #2: The Tonight Show blog is asking viewers to vote for their favorite moments on the show.

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