Conan O’Brien may not last much longer as Tonight Show host, but he has my support. Even if he loses his job, Conan will be a winner. Say, can Conan collect unemployment? Now there would a poignant, comedy skit. Over at Salon, Mary Elizabeth Williams has written the definitive, sarcastic story on the NBC-Leno-O’Brien affair.
There’s a collective scorn for the way that NBC has so openly pooped on its audience like Triumph the Insult Dog: replacing its 10 p.m. lineup with five nights of cheap, clunky Jay Leno shows because they’re easier than, I don’t know, creating something new that doesn’t suck? Well, fuck you, too. There’s nothing like swaggering around in your ‘too big to fail’ pants to summon the gods of ironic punishment, now, is there, Jeff Zucker? So excuse us if we’re Googling the German word for that derisive pleasure gained by watching a network’s lazy contempt for the American public fail spectacularly.
Conan is funny and Leno is, well, “What?”