Late Night Drama, Comic Gold
Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien took some daring shots at their fickle bosses at NBC Monday night proving once again that out of pain there’s humor. With NBC’s announcement Sunday that it’s moving Leno from his prime-time perch at 10:00 pm to O’Brien’s 11:35 pm slot, the fates of O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon are now in corporate limbo. For his part, Conan relentless ribbed his bosses on Monday’s monologue, joking that he was considering leaving NBC to host a new show on BET called White All Night.
Leno took some pretty daring swipes as well. “I take pride in one thing: I leave NBC prime-time in the same way I found it – a total disaster," he teased. Even Letterman couldn’t resist the opportunity to get in on the fun. “I’m a little worried about Conan. I’m not worried about Jay," he snarked. "He’ll land on his chin, he always does.” In the real world, if you tell off your boss, you’d get fired. In Hollywood, it gets you better ratings! –JAKE GABLE