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"Jay Leno Ripped Me Off!"

Rich Juzwiak wrote today about the time someone from Team Leno emailed him. He said:

Sean O'Rourke, a research coordinator for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno reached out to me for permission to show my Taylor Swift Is Surprised video during an upcoming sit-down interview with the pop star. "Duh! Squee! Duuuuuh!" I said (not really, but I did go, "HA!" in a quiet gym locker room when I initially read it off my Blackberry). Sean assured me I and/or my blog would get credit. Duh squared, that wasn't even a concern. How silly I become when I'm excited! In my response, I stressed how important it was for my friend Kate Spencer (who came up with the idea for the video in the first place) to be credited, too. Kate and me/fourfour and The Fab Life/both attributions -- however they wanted to do it, I asked that they somehow mention us both. Sean warned me that he couldn't promise any specific mention from Jay, but at the very least, our names would appear in the show's credits -- at least our names would be down somewhere. Great!

You're probably thinking, "Why is this post called Jay Leno Ripped Me Off!? I've only read one paragraph, but it sounds to me like everything will turn out good for everybody." In a shocking twist, it doesn't! Mean Jay Leno tricked us once again!



Up in the Sky, Is that a Jay Leno Blimp?

What on first glance looks like a Jay Leno blimp hovering in the dismal, grey New York sky, IS ACTUALLY a blimp-sized Jay Leno on a billboard. Apparently Jay will be telling some jokes at The Borgata next Saturday. Don't even think about trying to hoard all the seats for yourself, I already tried--there's an 8 ticket limit.

Leno is the New Hitler

Jay Leno, uncontent with stealing Conan O'Brien's show, is now stealing advice given to Conan O'Brien and getting all up in Oprah's warm, hefty bosom. He's going to need it in order to shake off the new Hitler comparisons leveled at him in today's WSJ:
Jay Leno, much like Adolf Hitler, is a master of making secret demands for foreign territory and then acting like the wronged party. First he pretended that he wanted to annex only the first half-hour of Mr. O'Brien's "Tonight Show." Here he was mimicking Hitler, who insisted that he merely wanted to annex the German-speaking Sudetenland, not all of Czechoslovakia.

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Conan Prepared to Walk From The Tonight Show 

Photo: Joel Aron PhotographyConan O'Brien released a statement moments ago saying he refuses to follow Leno at 12:05, thus refusing the hosting job on The Sometime at Night Show with Some White Guy. Via the statement:

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will 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. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
So it has come to this: 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.

It's about time Conan started playing hardball. Faced with the prospect of another huge programming blunder and with everything on the line, it's critical for him to go all-in.


Pardon NBC's Dust: Leno-vations In Progress

News of NBC's juiced up order for pilots yesterday had TONGUES WAGGING IN A RETARDED MANNER over the fate of The Jay Leno Show. But no one expected the bomb TMZ just dropped:

We've learned Jay's 10:00 PM show will go on hiatus February 1. After the Olympics, Jay will take back his 11:30 PM time slot. What has not been decided -- whether Jay's show will be a half hour, followed by Conan, or whether Jay's show will be an hour and NBC says sayonara to Mr. O'Brien.

TMZ's not always right though. Except when it is! Bill Carter at the NY Times raced to file this follow up:

NBC executives held discussions with both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien Thursday about the future of the network’s late-night lineup. And while executives said that no final decision has been made, they did not deny that the network is considering moves that could include returning Mr. Leno to his old job as host of The Tonight Show.



Is Jay Leno really coming back to NBC at 11:30??

Will Conan switch networks if he does??

Shouldn't Conan move back to New York??

What happens to ratings-starved Late Night with Jimmy Fallon??

How will Lorne Michaels' influence factor into all this??

Shouldn't Kimmel be concerned too because ABC tried to offer his job to Leno?

What is the appeal of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson??

Who is Steve Agee's friend??

If Jeff Zucker could see all the #keepconan and #dumpleno hashtags on Twitter, wouldn't he change his mind??