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January 13, 2010

Conan vs. NBC online: I'm with Coco

Posted: 12:33 PM ET

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Artwork by Mike Mitchell" height="459"]Conan O'Brien issued a statement Tuesday criticizing NBC's decision to move his show back to 12:05 a.m. ET. The move, which will free up the 11:35 time slot for a half hour of Jay Leno, is seen as a slap in the face to O'Brien who took the reins of "The Tonight Show" just seven months ago, and his fans are responding online.

Earlier this week, O'Brien joked he may be performing "the show live every night from Zanies Comedy Club" where the audience would receive 1/2 price drinks if "you tell 'em "Coco" sent ya!" The sketch became a hit and spawned the Internet meme "I'm with Coco."

Pro-Conan artwork by Mike Mitchell is appearing on personal blogs and social news aggregators like Digg. #teamconan is topping Twitter's trending topics. has incorporated Conan's image into its ads. And the Reddit alien has been given Conan's signature gravity-defying haircut.

O'Brien can probably thank his younger audience and their proficiency with social media for his vocal online support, but Jay Leno reached a larger audience when he hosted "The Tonight Show."

Where do your loyalties lie?

Are you a die-hard Leno fan, or does NBC's decision to move "The Tonight Show" have you shouting "I'm with Coco!"

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Greg C   January 13th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

The Coco reference actually originated from a "Twitter Tracker" sketch several months ago. Conan remarked "please don't call me that," and O'Brien fans loved it. Several episodes after the sketch started with fans in the audience chanting "Coco! Coco!"

Sam Adams   January 13th, 2010 1:31 pm ET

Leno's new show is the first time I actually like the guy. His show is funny and interesting. Screw COCO.
I' all for the new Leno format.
The show is good enough to tivo to be sure I don't miss it.
Leno should take his show elsewhere and say goodbuy to NBC (Nothing But Crap)

Idaho VOTES   January 13th, 2010 1:31 pm ET

Leno should Drop out....... Viewing numbers are down who wants to watch talk show news then talk show again. I switch to ABC or CBS, come back to NBC news and watch COCO. Leno should fold the cards and move on. COCO numbers will return, COCO's only competition is Ferguson, but they do not directly compete in our market.

Wes Finley-Price   January 13th, 2010 1:32 pm ET

Thanks Greg! I must have missed that one.

Ron Patterson   January 13th, 2010 1:34 pm ET

Love Leno more than Conan, but Conan should be able to keep his current time slot. If NBC makes the change back, then Conan should move to another network. Would serve NBC right if they lost Conan and Leno.

Jody   January 13th, 2010 2:07 pm ET

Leno should retire from his talk show and let Conan continue the tradition of the Tonight show. What would Johnny Carson think of Leno's action? Leno should have his own Car show like Top Gear and give those boys a run for their money.

Matt Grant   January 13th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

I'm a huge Conan fan. It's insulting what NBC wants to do. Is a half hour with Leno really worth it? I think not.

Chris R   January 13th, 2010 2:23 pm ET

They are both funny guys, but the new time slot for Leno obviously didn't work out. I think either of these guys will succeed at 11:30.

I think Conan is the only one that loses in this. If he moved to 12, he'll take a hit in ratings.

Ben Levy   January 13th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

As far as Conan vs. NBC, Conan is obviously right. They should get rid of Jimmy Fallon and give Leno that spot. Pushing Conan back is a slap in the face.

John S   January 13th, 2010 2:53 pm ET

I think for many they could care less. I think their are just too many in the late night slot. Not nearly enough viewers for all of them. Sad to say Conan is the low man on the poll. Who really wants him if his ratings have been dropping in a better time slot? I think NBC was crazy to think that Leno could get enough viewership in prime time.
These guys including Letterman have limited appeal these days. They are a dying breed. Conan should be happy for any slot he can get. He needs a reality check.

Sean Y   January 13th, 2010 3:08 pm ET

Leno is not funny, bottom line. He never has been funny and he's not funny now. Only a moron would laugh at his jokes!!! The only laughter that comes after a Leno joke is when some guy in a little office pushes the "laughter button" and an audience laugh comes through the speakers. I have no idea how Jay got the Tonight Show in the first place. He must've kissed everyone's ass soooooo much, including Johnny's. Thank GOD Conan is standing up!!! U go Boy))

Night Owl   January 13th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

I think it's a shame that NBC is making people choose between Leno and Conan. Leno did a great job of picking up where Johnny left off and then gladly passed the Tonight Show torch to Conan who is also doing a great job. This switch would only cause unneeded animosity and will ultimately hurt NBC, Leno AND Conan. Could be good for Fox though and if Conan goes there, then we'll watch him there.

Scotty   January 13th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Conan needs to get over himself. In the true lineup here, he is a distant 3rd to guys like Letterman and Leno. The fact that NBC gave him the tonight show, shows that the network still hasnt learned from their mistakes of the past when the lost Letterman. They should bump Conan back to the latest show there is and stop worrying if he wants to bolt. He'll never be a contender for Number one in the ratings no matter what time slot or network he is on. Thats just a simple fact – so stop worry about it NBC and do what you have to do from a business perspective.

CT   January 13th, 2010 5:02 pm ET

coco actually started on the first show when Will Ferrill called him "Coco" the next night Tom Hanks continued the joke! Oh and NBC SUCKS!!! "F" them!! Jay sucks and NBC is stupid for letting go of Jay to start with – I HATE Jay but when something is making you the best ratings you've ever had and good $$$ then don't change things!!! I know, I know it was a contract thing with Conan and they didn't want to loose him – doesn't matter when $$$ is KING!! NBC suits simply have no balls and are not knowledgeable of the TV game – if they were they never would have moved Jay in the first place – a 5 year old could have told them that. Hey NBC I know a 5 year old that could really run things over there for ya!

TeeAre   January 13th, 2010 5:25 pm ET

I'm with Coco! Single parent here, I put the kids to bed @ 8 and watch him on Hulu!!!! Wish they could factor web watching into the ratings game! Do yo THANG coco! I'll watch you on any network!

Mrs O'brien   January 13th, 2010 5:38 pm ET

That Jay Leno is a trouble maker! He is no better than that Eddie Haskel from Leave it to Beaver, alway coniving and in trouble.

I would much rather see a handsome man who actually makes me laugh.

Juan Gilberto Perez Jr   January 13th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

Jays show is great,but so is Conans,what NBC is doing is wrong.I would rather choose Conan

Juan Gilberto Perez Jr   January 13th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

--------CONAN ALL THE WAY---------–

Melburn   January 13th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

I don't really watch either one of them...or Letterman for that matter. I guess after 57 years I'm just burnt out on the whole format. But–come on!–Leno leaves Tonight of his own accord, Conan succeeds him, Leno's show tanks, so ask Conan to change his time slot. Tonight show history or not, It's embarrassing that NBC would even broach the question to Conan.

Tim   January 13th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

Conan is the man screw Leno, Letterman sucks too. Conan go to FOX screw NBC

Rick McDaniel   January 13th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

The problem was that the network locked these guys into changes that most viewers would have said were foolish, to begin with.

Leno was better at the Tonight Show, than Conan, and should have been left there.

Ferguson is way better then Conan, in any case, and if the network wants to clean up their mess, put Leno back on the Tonight Show, and replace Conan with Ferguson, and let Conan go wherever he might like.

Of course, an intelligent programming director, would have figured all that out to start with.

Chuck   January 13th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

I like them all, I choose what to watch based on their guests. Guess I am more of a Jay man than Conan (Jay is more my generation). I do like Ferguson, the only one I don't like is Jimmy Falon. Letterman is good.

Guess I'm not very decisive, or opinionated.

Peter   January 13th, 2010 7:06 pm ET

The numbers support Jay. He should never have been forced off the Tonight Show. Get rid of OBrien.

shogun   January 13th, 2010 7:43 pm ET

forget conan and leno!!! leave it all to crag fergason!!!

Dust   January 13th, 2010 7:46 pm ET

Team Coco!

David   January 13th, 2010 7:50 pm ET

FYI "CoCo" started on the first week of Conan hosting The Tonight Show.

In the "Twitter Tracker" segment the announcer called him "CoCo." Later in the episode Tom Hanks made fun of the CoCo name again and it stuck.

Del Williams   January 13th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

I think Jay Leno should not be up for the spot. He decided years ago to leave the show and pursue other things. Now, he has decided not to do that, failed at a bad idea for a show, and basically wants to push Coco out the door. I think people will rightfully turn on him and NBC. It's time for Jay to move on and NBC to stop playing around and tell him that.

Aaron   January 13th, 2010 8:19 pm ET

I think Coco is and has always been the funniest of Letterman, Leno, and Conan. I've been so excited that Conan took over the tonight show and i think NBC needs to just work with him in the show to increase rating if thats the big problem. I don't understand why Leno even stepped down if he wants his show back.

Mike Gio   January 13th, 2010 8:27 pm ET

Did you ever think that this is a PR ploy to get EVERYONE and their mother interested in NBC's late night programing? It is a brilliant move, NBC feigns the big, evil monster-corporation and makes both Leno and Conan look like great guys (which I am sure that they are) who are just trying to do their jobs.

Late night programing is a very niche product. The people who like Leno are the same people who have been watching him for the last decade every night. The people who like Letterman are the same people who have been watching him for the last decade every night. Conan's people are younger because he has been on really late at night and older people don't stay up that late. All of this just seems like a really well placed reaffirmation of station and brand loyalty. People making "we love Coco" groups and networks is proof of this.

All I'm saying is that I wouldn't be terribly surprised if this was part PR scam and part everything these days.

p.s. – Coco FTW.

jeff   January 13th, 2010 8:42 pm ET


shogun   January 13th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

say no to coco and leno!!!

david   January 13th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

jay is funny some times but i would rather skip his show and watch conan he is the reason im in a good mood the next day i have a question why doesnt jay go on at 12:05 and the tonight show when ever the jay leno show is suppose to be on?

morgan thomas   January 13th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

he ceased to be funny after his second joke. None of those guys are funny. Get Robin Williams,Laugh In,or Blue Collar Comedy in there. And get the "mick" a hair cut!

jen   January 13th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Yep!! Forget both of them...Ain't nobody better that Ferguson!!!

Ryan   January 13th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Stream COCO online...then people can watch him whenever they want.

Ben   January 13th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

To change the line up in the first place was stupid. However, I've tried to watch Leno and I just can do it. His monologues are painful to watch. The jokes are corny and his delivery is generic. He's just not funny. He never should have gotten the spot over Letterman in the first place. Conan has a much younger audience and his comedy is much edgier. Personally, I think Conan deserves the spot, but then again, I'm not the one being paid the big bucks to mess everything up. Not matter how you look at it, NBC looks foolish.

Corey   January 13th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Conan without a doubt is much funnier than Leno. Not that Leno isn't funny, but between him and sleep, I would rather sleep. Conan is original and not afraid to make an ass of himself. Having a DVR means I really don't care where Conan ends up, I will still watch him every night. Just don't like to see the better man get screwed! Leno needs to take a LONG break. All those years I just couldn't help but see him as a poor replacement for Carson. I actually felt bad for him. Carson is a tough act to follow!!

Mike   January 13th, 2010 11:47 pm ET

Conan is the Man. He's the only "real" late night show comedian who can get up there every night and make fun of himself. All of the others live by the textbook and do nothing to make their shows exciting. With Conan, anything is possible. I love his show and it's sad that Leno is not helping Conan in this situation. I'm sure if it was Conan in Leno's position he would give a helping hand. I think it's absolutely ridiculous that since Leno's show is not doing well, he has to try to take the spotlight from Conan. Which Conan totally deserves. It's childish at best and I wouldn't be surprised if Leno went to the NBC executives and gave them the idea himself. I feel bad for Conan because I know how hard he has worked to get to where he is now. I only wish the best for him and his crew. And I hope that they wise up and realize the talent they have on their network. Conan all the way!!!!

Jill   January 13th, 2010 11:47 pm ET

Conan is a comedic genius. NBC made a huge mistake giving Leno another show on the network. It didn't allow people to move on... it also caused confusion. If they weren't ready to let go, they should have kept Conan in New York.

coo coo for coco   January 14th, 2010 1:01 am ET

totally agree with jody down there. Jay should start a car/comedy show – one night a week – it would be great. Jay should NOT stick around on late night – he's done with latenight. Jay should graciously step back. Conan is good and will only get better as he settles in on the tonight show – his ratings will grow.

Gerald   January 14th, 2010 1:18 am ET

I say Conan and Leno fight for the time slot...10 rounds...whoever loses gets to stay and the loser gets fired...its the only fair way...

Steve   January 14th, 2010 1:56 am ET

I support Conan all the way he had a contract, all the families that moved to make a great show and they are gettingready to be jumbled around- HUH. NBC must be in with theU.S. money handlers for our economy!! I'm with COCO

Dean   January 14th, 2010 3:48 am ET

Leno messed up NBC prime time by not retiring in 2009. NBC execs got lazy a greedy thinking they could fill their air with talk shows. Conan is the only one who has done the work. He has made The Tonight Show funny and entertaining once more, after what Leno did to it for so many years. Leno now refuses to proceed to the exit. The NBC execs refuse to admit their mistake. They all expect Conan to take the fall. Shame on them. Conan is the Tonight Show. I'll watch that guy on FX if I must.

Ric H.   January 14th, 2010 7:28 am ET

Conan who? Is Shwarzenegger doing another Barbarian movie?

It's too bad they cancelled the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hasn't been anything worth watching in that time slot since then...

I thought they canceled Leno because he stumbled on a few too many deliveries... a.k.a. we're all getting older, not younger. I do hope they bring them both back... Leno and The Tonight Show that is.

Okay, okay, so I know who "Coco" is. My take is Leno to Coco is like moving from class act to class clown... not very impressive!

Sean Harrison   January 14th, 2010 7:29 am ET

I'm with Conan on this 100%. Leno is not and was never funny, can't stand him. Leave Conan and give Leno the boot.

K. Brown   January 14th, 2010 8:53 am ET

I'm definitely with Coco. I think Leno and the network excecs are really doing The Tonight Show, Conan, and the show's staff a terrible diservice by catering to Leno. I think Leno is just mad he couldn't renig on retirement from the show. The Tonight Show has been in that time slot for 60 years, and if they won't cancel SNL...why the hell are they messing with The Tonight Show?!

OldGuysRule   January 14th, 2010 10:12 am ET

They both suck. We need something fresh.

mike witmer   January 14th, 2010 10:22 am ET

I think Conan put it best when he sided with the legacy of the Tonight Show. I can't help feeling that this is Jay Leno's way of throwing a tantrum due to the failure of his 10pm show. Let's face it, Jay. That show blows regardless of what time it's on.

I think if NBC has any common sense in their collective heads they'll honor Conan's contract and the hard work he's put in to reach the status of Tonight Show Host. If they do not, Conan is right to bail. I'm sure one of the other networks would KILL to have him on their own version of The Tonight Show.

Josh Aronoff   January 14th, 2010 10:35 am ET

I'm with CoCo. and have been since his show when I was in high school, back in 1996. It's hilarious and awesome... Glad more people like him now and he's gaining popularity.

There's enough CoCo for everyone.

ED   January 14th, 2010 10:42 am ET

Come on Conan who... I never heard of him until about a year ago, the first time I watch him I thought he was a joke stand in temp filling in. He's not good, not funny and like I said he's a joke; Just better off pulling the show and say see ya bye...

Scott H   January 14th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

Sad that it comes down to this with NBC being pretty wishy washy about the whole thing. But I've never been a "Coco" fan and only Tivo it in case there is some one I just have to see. Fortunately I can zip through his usually childish opening and go straight to the guest. Really miss having Jay it that slot as I appreciate his humor more. Guess I'm just the wrong demographic for Coco since I'm over 49. 🙁

Matt Mueller   January 14th, 2010 12:25 pm ET

If NBC wants to remain a profitable company they'll keep Conan. Conan kills it in the 18-40 demographic which will end up being the older audience as the years go on while "Coco" runs the Tonight Show.

I love Jay but after 17 years of hosting the Tonight Show shouldn't he take a year or two off, maybe do something with HBO or go on a comedy tour?

RICHARD   January 14th, 2010 12:50 pm ET


Door Tucker   January 14th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

This really is a bite you in the ass moment for NBC. They should never have given Leno the Tonight show, even Carson wanted Letterman. Now it's all falling back in on them. Karma, cool!

Robert   January 14th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

I'm with coco all the way

joe   January 14th, 2010 5:33 pm ET

conan is hilarious and what NBC is doing to him is a huge insult!!

Kirk McMorris   January 14th, 2010 6:16 pm ET

Hey Guyz,

I'm with CoCo


Matt   January 14th, 2010 7:02 pm ET

It's a slap in the face to Conan, and it's not right, period. Leno had decades in the spotlight and the fact that he apparently is "with" the decision to go to 11:30 is kinda pathetic and insulting to Conan. Why can't the guy just retire, honestly? It's wrong to screw with the format because Leno's show didn't work out. NBC apparently still likes to make bad decisions after so many years like they did with Letterman. Not everyone may like Conan but he's got a huge fan base and I agree with Conan's decision to refuse to put up with it. I say let him have his 20 million a year while he sits on a beach or does comedy clubs. Then you can stick that skunk Leno back in and lose my viewership again..

Dusty   January 15th, 2010 8:58 am ET

Actually the coco reference was made by Tom Hanks the first night Conan was hosting the show. Twitter Tracker just picked it up later.

Nighthawk620   January 15th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

This should be a lesson to NBC and any other network..if you have a successful formula...DON"T MESS WITH IT!

R. Moose   January 15th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Put Leno on CNBC =)

Fox News Channel just hired a comedienne for commentary and Ms. Palin seems to be doing OK.

gregsview   January 16th, 2010 12:57 am ET

I once was a big fan of Jay Leno. He was once one of the most likes personalities on television. However this little stunt will tarnish his reputation. Some people pick at Conan because his ratings were not as high as Leno’s when he hosted the tonight show. However the truth is Jay’s new show on Primetime was even a bigger flop. NBC can rip on Conan O’Brian all they want but he was good enough for them for 16+ years. In 6 months when Jay’s ratings are bad and / or he wants to retire NBC will learn how stupid they are. When Jay finally hangs up his coat NBC will have no one that can handle the Tonight Show shoes. Conan will have his own show on another network kicking NBC’s butt. Conan O’Brian’s humor may not be for everyone but he is loved by most of his peers on television. His fans are dedicated and will only grow in numbers. NBC will continue to dominate the lowest ratings of the major networks. What they did to Conan is outrageous. As for Jay…. He has become the “Brett Favre” of late night and that is not a compliment. I am retiring, I am not retiring… I am Mr. role model, wait I forget I am really just a baby with an ego bigger than the state of Texas.

Diane   January 16th, 2010 1:34 am ET

I have enjoyed Jay and Conan so I am really sorry to see all this trouble between them. Having said that, I feel that Jay should walk away since he gave up the Tonight Show willingly in the first place.

Ribs   January 16th, 2010 2:19 am ET

I'm with COCO going to cable:

Charles   January 16th, 2010 5:03 pm ET

Keep Coco. Dump the Jaw. And dump the NBC execs while you are at.

Van   January 16th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Contractually NBC can do whatever it pleases with The Tonight Show and nothing in the contract with Conan stipulates that it MUST be the 11:35 time slot. Both comedians have their strong and weak points and "yes" NBC made a terrible mistake. I get so sick and tired of people not honoring their contracts and committments then whine like babies when a situation arises that does not meet with their expectations. Is it right to move The Tonight Show to a 12:05 time slot after decades of being an11:35 broadcast; probably not, but the governing document is the contract people and we are a nation of laws. Take it to court and let a judge decide – that's what they are for!

bored   January 16th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

I don't watch either show .... but I do know I'm tired of hearing about this. One thing to keep in mind ... NBC's choices got them in this mess. They are benefitting tremendously from all the noise going on around this. It might not be a "personal" thing as to favoring one show over the other as it is trying to salvage their business financially. Hmm.

Coaster   January 16th, 2010 11:49 pm ET

I wish Johnny were still here....

joe blow   January 17th, 2010 1:24 am ET

Conan is getting screwed by NBC.

Scott   January 17th, 2010 5:46 am ET

Leno is a joke, he's a script kitty, never a moment of improv.
COCO is the shiz, long live COCO!

Ray   January 17th, 2010 6:35 am ET

Coco vs the Crimson Chin, 'Al Capone' meets the 'Gangs of New York', Whitey vs Whiter, West Coast vs East Coast. Let me know when I've said something that isn't P.C. In Beverly Hills, it's location location location. On TV, it's time slot, time slot, time slot. Hey Coco, don't fall over that chin on the way out.

Billy Walsh   January 17th, 2010 1:57 pm ET


If Jay had class he would back out completely, he has enough money to retire several times over.

Give the Irishman his dues FFS.

Shiva   January 17th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

First i was a Lenofan. Then I had a change in schedule and could stay up to watch Ferguson and Conan as well. Late Night was always funnier, because you could do more thanks to far more relaxed restrictions. But once Conan moved, his jokes became more "planned".

Letterman is unable to carry, too perved (his dirty jokes are actually not my cup of tea, and I usually get and like dirty humour!!) and just restates his jokes every night. Leno is old, textbook, and unfunny. Conan is still good, but not like he used to be. Craig I LOVE but I can't stay up that late anymore.

In all of this, I gotta go with Coco. Now, does Coco like Coco Puffs?

conanlover   January 18th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Long live Conan! Jay should be serving the seniors!

Gary Oak   January 19th, 2010 12:15 am ET

I like Conan, but at the end of the day it's just a TV show. The guy's severance package will be more than what most people make in a lifetime. His job is inconsequential. TV is inconsequential.

tom   January 19th, 2010 1:46 am ET

I'm with Coco!

assantics   January 19th, 2010 9:55 am ET

I'm with CoCo!

Mike   January 19th, 2010 3:11 pm ET

I'M WITH COCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ben   January 19th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

While lots of people are hating on Jay Leno because he is the "big bad man with the chin!" but you all forget that he was FORCED out of the tonight show due to the whiney red-haired bastard.
He was number one, and canned. They wouldn't let Jay go to another station, so... he was stuck with a crappy timeslot. Now when its shown that Red can't hold it with the big dawgs, he needs an army of nutcases to defend him?

Jay is funny.
Conan is not funny.
Letterman is a retard.


Yea Man   January 19th, 2010 5:18 pm ET

CoCo is the man!!!

If you can't tell.......

I'm with CoCo!

Navi   January 19th, 2010 6:09 pm ET

I have to say I'm a big fan of both, so its really disheartening to see this battle take place. But I do think Coco got shafted on this one. I don't blame Leno for that, but the terrible decision making on NBC's part. The real issue is not really The Tonight Show anyway, its the news. Fix that and people will stay for Leno and Conan.

seatrades   January 20th, 2010 2:24 am ET

Two wars, major recession/depression, Haiti but I am so worried about Leno-Conan. Not.

Raymond   January 20th, 2010 6:37 pm ET

Greg C., you are incorrect. The Coco nickname was originally coined by Tom Hanks.

Back on topic, yes this is definitely not fair to Conan. To hell with NBC they are a bunch of clowns that don't know what they're doing. Leno should do the honorable thing and step aside, but he's a jerk and he won't.

Btw, a big reason that Conan has not gotten good ratings is probably because nobody wants to watch Leno before him.

Rudy   January 20th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

I'm doing away with both and watching Lopez Tonight...much more funnier, original, and brings something else to late night.

Sorry Jay and Coco!

Carlos Krefft   January 21st, 2010 5:56 pm ET

If i had 1/2 hour to live i'd watch the leno show


Team Co CO!   January 25th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Is it me, or you can see Leno's punch line a mile away. Maybe Conan sould write his material and while at it, deliver it. Leno is a lame!

harry   January 26th, 2010 12:50 pm ET

I'm with skipping late night shows and getting my 8 hours sleep

jeff   January 26th, 2010 5:49 pm ET

Everyone seems to forget, in the beginning it was said that the Leno show at 10:00 was simply and experiment. There was no guarantee that he was going to stay there at that time slot. NBC decided it didnt work, and they tried to accomodate both and it didnt work out. The only ones here to blame are NBC. I personall like both of them. Two different kinds of humor, but both are good. I think that Conan's 32 million severence package, plus 13 million for his staff, doesnt exactly put him at the front of the unemployment line.

Besides..its just television. These men are not larger than life, they are just people.

Clint   January 27th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Conan is the Tonight Show now. Anything put forth for why the show time should be changed is not a reason but an excuse. No More Excuses NBC!!

Moe   January 29th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

We switched over to "Lopez Tonight" at 10:PM – His show, format and talent appearing each night is ten times better than Conan and Leno together. Problem solved. George Lopez took it where Leno should have but now it's too late. Soon Leno, Letterman (and CoCo if he gets another show) will be rushing to catch up. For all three I think it will soon be sink or swim by next year.

Nuff Said!

Timothy Steeves   February 2nd, 2010 10:31 am ET

I like both but I find Jay's new show boring and too canned. If he expects me to be a viewer then he will have to make major changes to his show format. Otherwise I will be watching Dave or Jimmy Kimel

nireyaj   February 2nd, 2010 2:56 pm ET

Comedy is insular. NBC,and most other people/organizations, fail to realize that what works in one place/time won't work in another. O'Brien had his audience in his time slot, Leno had his, Kimmel had his, and it all worked well. Then Conan got above himself, and told NBC "give me The Tonight Show, or I'm leaving". NBC decided to get rid of Leno, and foist O'Brien on Leno's fans in Leno's time slot. Leno fans rebelled by no longer watching The Tonight Show, and Conan's audience dropped by 49%! Most of Leo's fans follwed him to his new show/time slot. He only lost 11% of his he retained 89% of his viewers. Conan's loud mouthed, Twitter-maniacal fans did NOT follow him to his new show/slot. They watched Colbert, instead. Take a hint, people. Three Stooges fans do NOT generally like Roseanne Barr. Jim Carrey fans often do NOT like Benny Hill. Leno fans do not want Conan. Each kind of comedy has it's audience, and what pleases one audience angers another. Conan's comedy: is childish, appeals to the sexually confused druggie, and is directed against anyone Conan dislikes in an agressive attack manner. Leno's comedy is more adult, fairer, aimed at all equally...Democrats and Republicans, stupid men and stupid women, etc-and is far less offensive. As a Leno fan, I was happy to let Conan have his show in his slot, even though I never watched it. When NBC told me I had to watch Conan insted of Leno, I tuned out of The Tonight Show, and boycotted everything else NBC as well. The wise TV studio does not monkey around with the buzzsaw when it is busy cutting wood. In his last days at NBC, Conan's childish temper tantrums, and his ranting against the studio, have most likely convinced Fox, CBS, ABC, HBO, etc, that THEY do NOT want to be so lambasted whenever Conan dislikes something they do. So, they will probably NOT hire Conan. If any of them DO hire Conan it will be with strict "don't bash us" clauses in his contract, which will ruin his type of comedy ands cost him the few fans he does his new show will tank as well. Leno did nothing to hurt Conan. Conan's 'fans' killed his career by not following him to The Tonight Show. Conan bet on the wrong horse, by building his style, and career, around the most fickle audience there is...young, sexually ambiguous, druggies...the least loyal of all viewers. They TALK a good fight on Twitter, Facebook, etc, but they do NOT tune in when it is the least bit inconvenient. When you are on drugs, ANYTHING is funny, so druggies can watch old Charmin toilet tissue commercials, and laugh their butts off. They leave their TV sets on whatever station it is on, and laugh at whatever. They do not change channels to fine something in it is all the same to them. By contrast, Leno built his career around pleasing the most loyal of viewers...middle aged middle income, middle class, men AND women. Leno was wise to choose his audience, and Conan was foolish to choose his. Conan brought his demise upon himself.

inky   February 3rd, 2010 11:56 pm ET

Im with Co Co.

nireyaj   February 4th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

I feel sorry for Inky, and all other Conan fans. Their hero temper tantrumed himself out of a career. The odds are that FOX, etc, will never consider hiring Coco, because they noticed how he treated NBC, and don't want the same themselves. Lame azz Jim Carrey impersonators with low talent, bad manners, bad tempers, and much too high opinions of themselves, are a penny a gross in Hollywood. Fox/etc can find plenty of Conan clones at any: fast food joint, gas station, supermarket, conveniece store, etc, anywhere. There is nothing unique, or special, or particularly valuable about Conan O'Brien...except in his own mind. Conan's fans had better have him on tape, as that is probably the only way they will ever see him again. As a true fan of Leno, I have thousands of his shows on tape, and I will follow him to any time slot/network/venue he goes to. Conan's 'fans' couldn't be bothered to tune in when his time slot changed. They, and Conan, brought this situation upon themselves, and blaming Leno/NBC won't change that fact. In future, people, when you like a performer, forget Twittering about it, and follow him/her to whatever show/time slot/venue he/she happens to be at. Talk is cheap. Actions matter.

male enhancement   March 2nd, 2012 4:11 am ET

I think Coco is and has always been the funniest of Letterman, Leno, and Conan. I've been so excited that Conan took over the tonight show and i think NBC needs to just work with him in the show to increase rating if thats the big problem. I don't understand why Leno even stepped down if he wants his show back.

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