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O'Brien Thanks Fans, NBC on Final 'Tonight' Show

Society & Culture  (tags: society, television, celebrity, Conan O'Brien, ethics )

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NEW YORK - On his final "Tonight" show, Conan O'Brien said walking away instead of accepting a demotion is the hardest thing he's ever had to do.

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Dee C (23)
Friday January 22, 2010, 9:50 pm
Despite the rancor that led to his $45 million buyout, the red-haired comic urged fans not to be cynical and said their support made a sad situation "joyous and inspirational." He thanked his viewers and even thanked NBC for more than 20 years of employment but not before getting in a few final jabs during an earlier monologue.

O'Brien will be replaced March 1 by the man he took over for seven months ago Jay Leno. In the interim, reruns will fill the slot, followed by Winter Olympics programming next month.

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Laura H (964)
Friday January 22, 2010, 9:53 pm
I watched the show...
still can't understand why Conan and Jay were moved to a different time slot-the 'new' shows were just like the 'old' ones.

Sue L (63)
Friday January 22, 2010, 9:57 pm
Conan acted with class in a very difficult decision. I am quite sure he will land on his feet and find another good vehicle for his goofy sense of humor.

. (0)
Friday January 22, 2010, 11:19 pm
I have to say that I have enjoyed Conan and Letterman immensely this week. I've always liked Letterman for his commitment to environment and, this week, Haiti relief, but I really like the way he took up Conan's side too. Conan was badly treated by NBC and desered much better.

David P (113)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 8:14 am
Terrific show and glad Conan took the high road and went out with some class...

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 9:27 am
Noted, ThankX. I agree there was a lot of comedy this week...on every network. This SUCKS, in my opinion! BIG CORPORATION GREED...I wonder if Karma will hit for the disrespect! I always loved Jay {in responce to my negative comment}, but THINK a little differently about him now! Correction...MUCH DIFFERENTLY. Personally, I WILL NEVER WATCH HIM AGAIN! Just me! I believe very strongly "in doing the right thing", "taking the HIGHEST road".

. (0)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 10:16 am
I wonder how many celebrities will boycott Leno now.

susan w (13)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 6:09 pm
i never watched the show but i do admire him for going out with dignity

Teresa Fazackerley (395)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 6:29 pm

. (0)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 6:59 pm
Conan O'Brien bowed out with dignity. He is a high class act. Two thumbs down for Leno.

Robyn L (80)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 8:33 pm
He was a class act at the end. I think we can all rest assured that he will be back ... somewhere.

. (0)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 10:23 am
This was in my yesterday's Junk mail news and I wasn't going to comment on it but obviously have changed my mind. I can't understand why/where/ or how Jay Leno can be blamed for a cooperate decision. It was the decision of NBC to move the shows/hosts.

Conan took the high road as his exit? Guess I would too if I had $45 million dollars in my hip pocket. (The same pocket he used to stick a wet finger to every night to remind the audience/viewers how 'hot' he is.)

Rumor has it that Conan has already signed with Fox and he will probably do well there. If that is the case then there will be at least three choices for late night viewing and that should keep everyone happy.

Shannon M (4)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 5:48 pm
Conan took Jays job away from him. Jay was number 1 in his time slot when they moved him and put that creep conan in his place. Conan never was funny. He has an ego so large it is sickening. He did not go out with class. He went out whining and crying. Can't stand him. Never have never will. He has no class. Good he will be going to fox. Good riddance. Jay is the one with class. Why do you think NBC kept him? Because conan 's rating was abismal and no one was watching him. They all went to David Letterman because they like me thought conan was a big bore.

. (0)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 6:03 pm
You know, Shannon, I was never a big fan of Conan, but he took over Jay's spot because Jay had been planning on retiring for several years and announced it years ago. Conan didn't steal anything from Jay.
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