Conan O’Brien Adamant About Not Pushing Back the Tonight Show
The host considers leaving NBC if his show is bumped to 12:05.
Conan O’Brien admitted in a statement he released yesterday that he has always been a fan of the Tonight Show, and even vowed one day as a child to host the franchise.
Now that he’s achieved his dream, he doesn’t want it to slip away. As NBC announced earlier this week, they have plans to push Conan’s Tonight Show back from its regular time at 11:35pm to 12:05, in order to bump up ratings for Jay Leno’s show (which is currently in the dumps).
Everyone has been anxious to hear what Conan’s reaction would be to the late-night change-up, and needless to say, he is not happy. After only 7 months in the gig, he wants to be given the chance to succeed in his current time slot. If his show gets pushed back, he will most likely leave NBC.
In his statement, Conan said, “I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of the Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more… The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show.”
Hopefully for their own sake and for Conan’s, NBC will reconsider their decision. (People)