Conan/Leno Shakeup

Wendy Solorio

After a scuffle between the late night host and the network over changing the time slot of “The Tonight Show,” Conan O’Brien has decided to leave NBC rather than be pushed back to the 12:05 a.m. time slot.

It’s unfair that NBC was trying to shoulder O’Brien out of the way, especially after he basically transferred nearly all of his production staff from New York to Los Angeles (along with their families) in order to keep the show running smoothly.

This is the kind of treatment they get after a mere five months in Los Angeles? Not cool. Conan O’Brien has a large and loyal following, and it is understandable why so many fans of his are furious about this incident.

Besides, the main reason that Jay Leno is getting his old time slot back on NBC is that his ratings were so bad, that the local news affiliates were losing their own viewers as a result.

The network decided on this due to the failing ratings of ” The Jay Leno Show.” O’Brien decided not to accommodate for Leno’s Show, and has instead decided to leave NBC after 16 years with the network.

In a statement, O’Brien expressed that he chose to leave NBC because pushing “The Tonight Show” back to a later time slot would “seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show.”

For the most part, Leno has ignored O’Brien’s statement and has handled the situation by taking cheap shots at NBC. 

It is unclear what Conan’s next step is. But regardless of what O’Brien chooses to do, there is no doubt that his fans will follow him throughout the rest of his career.