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Comments on: Jon Stewart to Bump Conan O’Brien Out of The Tonight Show?

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By: Joe

Tue, 03 Jul 2007 04:28:44 +0000

They should keep Leno. O'Brien is not as funny. Period. If O'Brien tries to go up against Letterman and Leno he will finish 3rd.

By: Vijay

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 05:43:05 +0000

Though I dont track US TV shows so eagerly, I certainly loved Conan O Brian in all the shows that I managed to catch back here.. I am not very much aware of Jon Stewart and so I would stick with Conan for now

By: A Tentative Personal Finance Blog

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 12:32:16 +0000

What happened to the funny Jon Stewart? Right before he made Big Daddy, that guy was gold. Now he's just a bunch of high pitched intonations and screaming. It must be said for him that Stephen Colbert's show is much better and funnier AND more popular than his. Conan... I love this guy. I would stop watching late night television if Jon Stewart were to take the Late Show over Conaan.

By: Dylan Duarte

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 07:43:44 +0000

I would be so pissed. I love Jon Stewart, don't get me wrong, and there's nothing I would love more than an O'Brien/Stewart late night line-up, but I think Conan is one of the funniest, if not the funniest guy on television and NBC pulling the rug out from under him like that would be horrible.

By: Deb

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 06:29:51 +0000

I watch Craig and I know a lot of others who do, as well. Why? Because he is the best of all of them - his style reminds me of Johnny Carson - who was the best, by the way. Yes, I am serious. It IS obvious that you haven't watched Craig. You need to check him out.


Wed, 20 Jun 2007 00:55:11 +0000

yeah. I heard that on the radio today. I hope they stick with Conan. People under estimate his talent.

By: Make Money With Funds

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 00:51:52 +0000

I hope they keep Conan O’Brien, otherwise it will be completely different show...

By: Melody

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 21:47:15 +0000

"well, who watches Ferguson?" It's obvious you never do or you wouldn't dismiss him. He is the best late night guy out there. Brilliantly funny--and with no budget and no writers. I've wondered wny CBS does nothing to promote him and now I've figured it out. They're keeping mum so they won't piss off the very pissy, jealous Letterman and then and will ease Ferguson into Letterman's slot without attracting too much attention from FOX and ABC.

By: Joseph Planta

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 21:01:57 +0000

Hi Michael. I saw the item on Drudge yesterday morning that Jeff Zucker—who went from Katie Couric's assistant to producing the Today Show, to heading NBC News, to heading the entertainment division, to heading the network, to heading General Electric, which owns NBC, in relatively short time (something like 15 years)—had met with Stewart. Schmoozers happen all the time in television. If we’re to believe the other hot rumour of the moment, FOX News took Rosie O’Donnell out to New Mexico so she could meet with Don Imus to sort of try and get the two of them to team up on their network. If anything, Zucker probably wanted to gauge Stewart’s interest in some sort of prime time project. NBC’s schedule is moribund, and Stewart, or a Stewart backed project (like Letterman’s company producing Everybody Loves Raymond on CBS; or Ed on NBC) would be something they were interested in. Stephen Colbert has proved that Stewart isn’t the only ‘it’ thing on the cable network, and Stewart’s departure into greener pastures would not be destructive to the political satire dynasty that he’s cultivated at Comedy Central. Don’t forget he’s helmed the Daily Show for a long time, and you can be so hot only for so long. As for NBC not wanting to look like assholes, I think their recent history has proved otherwise. In Bill Carter’s brilliant book, The Late Shift, you see how NBC promised Letterman the Carson spot when he retired, they forced Carson’s hand by gently pushing him aside, then gave the franchise to Leno. And when Letterman was suddenly the hottest thing in television and planning to leave NBC, they offered the Tonight Show to him, while Leno was already hosting the program. I think they would be very happy to ditch Conan for Stewart if the opportunity presented itself. It’s also been reported that Leno has been unhappy with the delayed transition arrangement between him and O’Brien. That it wasn’t a vote of confidence in Leno that they only offered to extend his contract with the stipulation that he vacate no matter how high his ratings were speaks volumes of NBC’s machinations. Had NBC not promised the Tonight Show to Conan, he would have left forthwith and signed with ABC, as surprisingly enough CBS was loyal enough to stand by Letterman, as Letterman has indicated he’d like to continue hosting his show CBS owns Comedy Central, so I suspect Jon Stewart will stick around until well after the 2008 presidential election. His appeal and popularity, not to mention any influence he might have politically, is perhaps worth more than a network spot at this point. After 2008, Letterman will have been in television nearly 30 years, matching his hero and idol Carson’s record, and his chief rival Leno will be out at NBC in 2009. Letterman may abdicate and with Stewart at Comedy Central, CBS would be hardpressed not to ease him into the 11.30 spot. Where did you get the Conan O’Brien was in the running for Craig Kilborn, Late Late spot bit? I doubt that, as it would be odd that O’Brien would go to a number two rated network with his number one rated show. David Letterman had once suggested to Les Moonves, the CBS head, that perhaps they offer the show to Leno, but I think he was being facetious. But I don’t recall Conan wanting to go to CBS. . . ABC, but not CBS. Even Letterman was tempted to go over to ABC at one point not too long ago. --joseph.

By: cathy

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 18:23:10 +0000

craig is the best!