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Late Night Wars: Jay vs. Conan

Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 11:18 PM

OK, here is a nice fluff topic!

What are your thoughts on the Jay vs. Conan drama? I can't help but think that Conan is really getting a bad deal here. To be honest, I've not been a big watcher of either show, but I tune in once in a while. But from what little that I've seen in the past few years, Jay hasn't been very funny. I still love Headlines and Jaywalking, but they tell their own jokes. Jay is getting a bit stale.

So, what do you think? Or, do you prefer David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stewart, somebody else, or nothing?

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How does Conan get repaid for his company loyalty? The biggest, most public act of Hollywood treachery in memory.

If it were really so simple as Jay Leno changing his mind, I can't see how Leno can still be lauded for being nothing more than a shill but Conan derided for a lack of loyalty to NBC. It's pretty clear now where Conan's loyalty has gotten him.

Don't let NBC and Leno rewrite history! Check out the following link to read of Leno's deceit:


-- Posted by KipCricket on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 4:54 AM

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert crack me up, although I don't always agree with their politics. For late night, I love Conan (except for some of his stranger prop bits) although I've always enjoyed Jaywalking and Headlines. As you said, however, those jokes kind of write themselves. I really think Conan is better at a later timeslot, as it allows him to be a little more edgy with his material. That being said, I think NBC screwed him by retracting their deal and I think Jay is being coddled despite not garnering the ratings expected of him.

-- Posted by notinia on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 9:22 AM

Nice link KipCricket. That quite possibly was the poorest written page of dribble I have ever had the opportunity to read. As far as those two go I like them both but neither one is hilarious.....Wish we still had Carson on the air. Now that man was funny!

-- Posted by deweyh on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 10:13 AM

I guess I feel like Conan is getting the bad end of the deal here, but I love what it has done for late night. Both of the shows are fun to watch right now as each of them makes fun of their current employer. I happened to catch the beginning of Conan last night, and the energy that was in that studio was pretty amazing. I feel the worst for Conan's staff. They all uprooted their lives to live in L.A. for the show, and now they are out of a job (but I think they all got a pretty good chunk of change for it).

-- Posted by aworkingmom on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 1:57 PM

Scratch them both and watch The Soup on E! and then Chelsea Lately!

-- Posted by jusamom on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 11:02 PM

Scratch them both and watch The Soup on E! and then Chelsea Lately!

-- Posted by jusamom on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 11:02 PM

Wait, the deal was rescinded? I guess I need to get caught up. I vote for Conan on Comedy Central. I'd say he's just as funny as Colbert and Stewart (whom I find hilarious on most topics) but he wouldn't do the news bit. His show would be different, edgy and entertaining. Maybe he could do what George Lopez did and join a network not known for late night comedy. There are a lot of options and I'm sure he'll land on his feet (with a winding-up jump and bounce of his fluffy red hair) no matter where he ends up. Go Conan. As for Jay Leno, I have a friend who keeps regular correspondence with him, but I haven't heard anything lately. Considering Carson didn't respect him and in turn wrote jokes for Letterman up until his death, it's hard for me to respect him either. Late night is changing even as it tries to stay the same. I think we can all agree on that. I can't believe I just wrote such a long post on such a trivial topic. Oh well, I've never been accused of being shy.

-- Posted by Gabe Licht on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 2:01 PM

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Aimee graduated from Spencer High School in 1994, and then moved to a large city on the west coast. She returned to Spencer in 2007. Aimee spent more than a decade in veterinary medicine and dog training, and now works in a public library. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.
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