Ever since I’ve been introduced to American Late Night TV, I’ve always been a fan of David Letterman. Smart-Funny is what I call his comedy, not sarcastic which is the staple of the other Late Night TV hosts.
Back in 1992, Johnny Carson, dubbed as the King of Late Night, was retiring from his stint as the host of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson there on NBC. Carson and many others considered Letterman as the natural successor of the show. But in some weird twist of fate, Jay Leno got the job. Disgusted Letterman moved on to CBS to host his own show, The Late Show with David Letterman. (Check out the TV-Movie The Late Shift for the complete story)
Now, Conan O’Brien is having the same predicament. Barely eight months after being chosen as Leno’s successor, NBC big heads are not impressed. They want Big Chin back on the 11:35 spot. O’Brien is not backing down, publicly announcing his refusal to this call, saying “This move will threaten the very sanctity of the Tonight Show.”
Meanwhile, the other late night hosts are having a field day on this unfolding saga. From Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon, even Leno and Letterman are taking stabs at the situation. Saturday Night Live also jumped in the scene with a parody of the late night fiasco.
Yesterday, O’Brien bids NBC good riddance with a $45 million exit deal. $33 million of which he will pocket and the rest will go to the staff as severance. On March 1, Leno will take the helm, again, of the Tonight Show.
I say EPIC FAIL to NBC!
11:37pm, 22 January 2010.