What better way to remind the world that you are still alive than to put up a Twitter account. Conan O’Brien is currently “in between jobs,” so he decided to be more productive about his free time by joining Twitter.
I was hoping they’d put Conan O’Brien on the cover, but I guess he’s had his fair share of media attention for the past few weeks. It’s Jay Leno’s turn. Entertainment Weekly featured the Jay Leno Show host on this week’s cover.
Their cover blurb, “TV’s 50 Biggest Bombs Ever” caught readers’ attention in the midst of NBC’s late night shuffle hullabaloo.
“Sometimes TV networks, producers, or actors do something so stupid, it makes you ask: What the heck were they thinking?” wrote the EW staff. “In that spirit, we decided to take time out to honor (if you want to call it that) television’s biggest bombs and blunders. We’re talking the decisions both bad (hey, let’s give Felicity a haircut!) and bizarre (XFL, anyone?). And at the top of our list: NBC’s decision to put Jay Leno at 10 p.m. It destroyed not only five hours of primetime programming, but also the local newscasts that followed.”
Sounds like an intellectually juicy read to me. Grab your copy at your nearest newsstands, if you haven’t already.
1. The ratings skyrocketed. Starpulse reported that Conan “scored a 7.0 rating for his farewell appearance on NBC Friday, compared to a 2.5 rating for CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman, and on ABC, a 2.8 for Nightline followed by 1.3 for Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
2. He nearly cried. Nearly! Just when you thought he was great with translating emotions into sarcastic jokes, Conan actually choked back his tears when he addressed his audience and fans.
3. He had stellar guests. Steve Carell gave him an exit interview; Neil Young performed “Long May You Run”; and Tom Hanks led the crowd’s “Coco cheer.”
5. He ended with a song. With Will Ferrell dressed as a hippie, they performed Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.”
What did you think of Conan’s last words?
It’s official. The Tonight Show’s infamous host is finally leaving NBC, ending the comedy shuffle hullabaloo. According to USA Today, Conan’s exit was officially announced by NBC’s Meredith Vieira early Thursday.
January 18, 2010—Conan O’Brien showed his support for his fans as he ran with the crowd from Lankershim Blvd. to Universal Studios on foot. A large crowd in Studio City gathered to cheer him on. As he reached the top of the building, an “I’m with COCO” poster was hung down from the building with O’Brien raising his arms and cheering on the crowd.
“In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew, and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket,” Gavin Polone, Conan’s manager told The Wall Street Journal.
Watch out for this Friday’s farewell show, with special guests Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell. Funnyman Conan still managed to pull this off as he gave the bittersweet news to the audience: “Hi, I’m Conan O’Brien, and I’m just three days away from the biggest drinking binge in history.”
Who says it’s the end of Conan O’Brien? My gut tells me that the other network executives are busy drafting hefty proposals for the 46-year-old comedian as you read this post.