>> Conan O'Brien makes statement about his future

Source: Deadline.com

After announcing that they would move The Jay Leno Show to 11:35PM and The Tonight Show to 12:05AM yesterday, we couldn't help but notice that nothing was said directly of Conan O'Brien.  Now, Conan has answered the questions with a self-released statement:

    People of Earth:

    In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I
    want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second
    feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I
    love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky.
    That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my
    bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

    Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight
    Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson
    every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant
    everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed
    up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally
    hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the
    future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would
    have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of
    ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting
    audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

    But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months,
    with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their
    terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their
    long-established late night schedule.

    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.

    There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set
    the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have
    no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this
    quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of,
    for a company that values our work.

    Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair;
    it's always been that way.


NBC, your move.  We'll keep you updated on what happens next in this excalating and ugly war.

Show: The Tonight Show

Starring: Conan O'Brien

Network: NBC


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