If you’ve been following the world of late night talk shows lately then you most likely know that there is once again a lot of news about Jay Leno leaving The Tonight Show only to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon.
The two funny men felt it was time to respond to the rumours by addressing it the only way they know how: with a dramatic duet backed with music from West Side Story’s “Tonight.” They don’t exactly answer anything except for the fact that they really like each other and there is no bad blood between them. Though the ending will leave you scratching your head and thinking maybe this is going to happen. Let’s just hope we don’t have another “Conan O’Brien fiasco of 2010.”
Just yesterday, I wrote a letter to Donald Trump telling him to give up on his ambitious quest to de-President Obama. I even mentioned that in no time would President Obama respond to Trump’s latest shenanigans. For once in my life, I was right.
President Obama joked with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show about an early childhood rivalry with Trump. “This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya,” Obama says with a completely straight face. But on the inside, I know he’s thinking ohh yes, feel the burn Trump.
Of course, the President is referring to Trump’s long-time suspicion of Obama’s American status. Something tells me that Trump is too serious to even realize that Obama is making a joke.
Stephen Colbert is also wearing his Team Obama shirt today by making an equally excellent reply to Trump’s offer. Colbert said that he will give $1 million to the charity of Trump’s choice if Trump lets him “dip his balls” into his mouth. I’m serious.
And so begins the wait for Trump’s next angry rant. The suspense is killing me.
Watch the interview with President Obama here:
Watch Steven Colbert’s offer here:
Justin Bieber made an appearance on Bethenny today to talk about everything from his tattoos, baby-daddy allegations, his new Girlfriend fragrance and most importantly his fourth album to hit a #1 on Billboard, Believe.
Backstage, Bethenny’s adorable daughter Bryn seemed to be the luckiest girl out of the whole studio audience because she got her own jam sesh with JB. He serenaded her while singing “Baby,” but she seemed to be a little shocked, I don’t blame her! Finally, she let out “Biebs,” after Justin playfully tickled her saying, “Where’s the smiles?” which made the whole thing a million times cuter! Bethenny later tweeted out to Justin, “That was amazing. You were so great with Bryn. You’re gonna make a great dad one day.”
Justin is not only a charmer and the envy of teenage boys (and men) everywhere, but he’s amazing with young kids. He always seems to make time for family, with his two younger siblings Jazzy and Jaxon, as well as Avalanna aka Ms. Bieber whom has a special place in his heart.
Justin spontaneously performs hit single for his beliebers
Jay Leno certainly isn’t what he used to be. Remember when everyone liked Jay Leno? Remember when he was the unquestionable late night king? Well those days may have come to an end as Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show has beat Leno in the ratings.
According to the recent ratings, Stewart has beat Leno in some key viewer demos. Leno still has a larger audience overall, but Stewart dominated in the crucial “Adults 18-49″ demographic.
For 2011′s second quarter, Comedy Central is claiming Stewart’s show drew 1.295 million (compared to a ‘Tonight Show’ total of 1.292 million) in the advertiser-friendly demo of viewers between age 18-49.
And let’s also not forget that Stewart’s show is only available via an expensive cable package, while Leno is available to anybody with a TV and an antenna.
Could this be a sign of a new king of late night? Who do you watch, Leno or Stewart? Or are you a Conan fan?
That may sound like an obvious title considering Conan O’Brien has left NBC, but when asked by Larry King whether he’s spoken to Leno, he replied by saying, “No. … There’s nothing, really, for either of us to talk about.”
O’Brien also made it clear that he’s over the entire “Tonight Show” debacle at NBC, saying “I don’t want to think about it anymore.”
During a March interview on Larry King, Leno was asked if he felt Conan got screwed. Leno explained “Conan got screwed. I got screwed. This is TV. The reason show business pays a lot of money is so when you get screwed you’ve got something left over.”
In the clip below, Conan talks about his experience speak with Jonny Carson about taking over the “Tonight Show.”
With only six months back hosting “The Tonight Show,” the ratings have been very disappointing for Jay Leno, reports Variety. In the second quarter of this year, the average total audience declined from 5 million viewers last year to 4 million viewers. This is also notable considering Jay had a number of high profile guests, including President Barack Obama.
With that being said, Jay is still beating his arch nemesis David Letterman in the ratings. But with Conan O’Brien’s debut at TBS coming soon, and with so much public support for Conan, it maybe Conan O’Brien who has the last laugh.
TMZ is reporting that NBC execs claim Conan was lying during the interview with Steve Kroft and misrepresented the facts. During the interview Conan explained that it was much cheaper to fire him than Jay Leno, however NBC assures the cost would have been about the same.
Another issue during the interview was whether NBC was losing money with O’Brien as the host.
Kroft: “They said that the — for the first time in history, ‘The Tonight Show’ was losing money.”
Conan: “I don’t see how that’s, I honestly don’t see how that’s possible. It’s really not possible. It isn’t possible.”
NBC execs explain that the show would have lost $5 Million in the first year if Conan remained as a host.
So the controversy continues. Isn’t fun watching rich guys fight?
If you haven’t heard yet, Conan O’Brien will be interviewed tomorrow night on “60 Minutes.”
During the interview Conan discusses how the NBC debacle unfolded, and how he lost “The Tonight Show.” Conan O’Brien says he wouldn’t have done what Jay Leno did to him — and that there was nothing NBC could have done to repair his relationship with the network.
Conan recently announced that he has signed on with TBS to host a late night talk show. Conan will be joined by comedian George Lopez who will have his show follow Conan’s.
The full interview plays Sunday night on “60 Minutes.”
Well Kevin has had enough. Although rumors had been flying, the musician confirmed he is calling it quits from “The Tonight Show.”
“After 18 years, I just need a change of pace and see what else is going on,” Eubanks said. Back in February, NBC confirmed that Eubanks was ready leave.
“But it’s a really difficult decision because this has become my second home, as it has been for the band, and I love the audience and the American people really love the show and it’s been a wonderful experience to be here,” he added.
“It has been a pleasure,” Leno said. “You’ve been a great friend and really supportive. When those jokes die, I gotta look to you man.”
“I thought about this and it wasn’t that difficult,” replied Eubanks. ” After 18 years of playing America in to commercials, I’m gonna go somewhere where I can finish a song.”
If there weren’t enough signs already, here is another one. TMZ reports that Fox executives are putting pressure on affiliates to put Conan O’Brien on between 11pm and midnight.
Sources say that Fox and Conan’s people are currently having “serious conversations” about doing a deal. However some affiliates are hesitant to pick up the show as they make more money running reruns of sitcoms during that time slot.
Additionally many people at the local affiliates are saying that a deal is “imminent.”
Although it’s not clear on what type of material the show will include, Conan says expect a “night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence.”
Nine-teen days ago, NBC cancelled Leno’s own prime-time show. It has also been nine months since Leno has given up his position at the “Tonight Show,” to Conan O’Brien. But now, Leno is back to reclaim his old position on the “Tonight Show.”
Since Leno is back, the late-night war once again begins with CBS opponent David Letterman. Letterman dominated the ratings during O’Brien’s brief appearance as the “Tonight Show” host.
But, Leno ruled the late night for much of the 17 years he was with the “Tonight Show,” and NBC is hoping that he will be comfortable in his desk chair, once again.
Jay Leno is “embarrassed.” The late night comedian appeared on Oprah to talk about the late night controversy at NBC. Jay told Oprah, “Anything they did would have been better than this,” which took place on the set of his current show. “Anything. Anything they did. If they’d come in and shot everybody, I mean, it would have been people murdered, but at least it would have been a two-day story. Yes, NBC could not have handled it worse, from 2004 onward. This whole thing was a huge, huge mess.”
“The terms of my settlement say that I can’t host another show for seven months,” O’Brien said. “So next week, look forward to the Andy Richter Show with his sidekick, me!”
Jay Leno will be returning next week to host the show.
Oprah Winfrey is interviewing Leno in Los Angeles for her Thursday show and has invited O’Brien to participate. It has not been reported whether he will accept her offer.
“As I set off for exciting new career opportunities, I just want to make one things clear to everyone listening out there: I will do nudity,” he said in his final monologue.
So as everyone knows Conan O’Brien was able to negotiate a $45 Million settlement with NBC, his staff will be taken care of with severance and that his last show will be Friday. Or is it? TMZ is reporting that we haven’t seen the last of Conan on the Peacock Network as NBC will be running reruns.
Conan O’Brien’s settlement deal is in the homestretch, but there are a couple of hangups still left to be ironed out. One of the issues is how long Conan needs to keep his mouth shut about NBC (which is pretty funny). In this contract NBC wants Conan to sign, they are basically saying that he cannot badmouth NBC for a certain period of time. Apparently this is a real issue for Conan (and why he has been so funny recently) so the lawyers are going back and forth about finding a reasonable resolution.
The specifics of Conan O’Brien’s settlement deal with NBC are starting to surface. Although it’s not official that Conan is leaving the network, if and when he leaves, there will be certain strings attached. TMZ is reporting that some of the highlights of the deal include:
It looks like its official – Conan is saying goodbye to NBC. TMZ is reporting that O’Brien and NBC have reached an agreement, with the lawyers reviewing the final details Friday evening. Assuming everything adds up, Conan will end his rein at NBC and a official announcement will be made Saturday. Rumor has it Conan is having serious discussions with FOX about bring his show over to that network.
Conan we all were rooting for you, but it doesn’t look like you are going to pull through. Although your ratings were up this past week (possibly because of the media hype) NBC is siding with Jay Leno. Jay Leno will now have the 11:35-12:35 time slot, moving from his 10pm show. Consequently it looks like Conan O’Brien is going to hit the dusty trail. However we are confident there is another network that would be happy to host Conan. Did someone say FOX?