Conan O’Brien released a statement today saying that he refuses to stay with “The Tonight Show” if it’s moved to a 12:05 a.m. time slot, because really, that wouldn’t make it the
“The Tonight Show” anymore, and would lead to the destruction of the show as an institution started by Johnny Carson. Also, he’s justifiably sore about being jerked around and haven been only given 7 months to gain a viewer following. CLICK HERE to read the full statement.
But O’Brien didn’t stop there, CoCo used his monologue time on the January 12 episode to unleash on NBC. He began his monologue with “I may not have that much time … Hello, my name is Conan O’Brien and I may soon be available for children’s parties.”
Watch the video and read some of the barbed quips below:
“Welcome to NBC, where our new slogan is ‘No longer just screwing up prime-time.”
“I’ve been giving the situation a lot of thought. When I was a little boy, I remember watching ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson and thinking ‘One day, I’m going to host that show for seven months.”
“NBC said they were planning on having the late-night situation figured out before the Olympics start. And let me tell you something, when NBC says something, you can take that to the bank.”
The scorned host, who’s joked about possible options for himself on Monday, brought out Howie Mandel for a Deal or No Deal segment:
Right now there are industry rumors swirling that tonight’s episode could have been Conan’s last on “The Tonight Show,” and he’s to be replaced with guest hosts. The Wrap broke this rumor, then updated that network sources say it’s hogwash. TMZ is reporting that “The Tonight Show” is currently slated to remain in the 11:35 p.m. time slot . . . with Leno as the host.
Right now no one’s sure what’s happening with Conan, though there is heavy speculation he’ll end up on Fox at an 11 p.m. time slot, which would give him a full thirty minutes of airtime before rivals David Letterman and Jay Leno take the stage. Presumably on Fox Conan would also be free to do masturbating bear, so we all win!
Video thanks to PopEater