As of press time, we're still waiting for an announcement that Conan O'Brien will be leaving The Tonight Show and NBC.
I say this with a heavy heart, because I've always been a Conan fan, and I'm wondering WTF?
From the media reports, it looks like Conan is going to take a $40 million dollar payout for saying goodbye. I guess if there were a price to be paid for leaving your dream job, $40 million is close to it. It looks like the delay with the announcement is from Conan's demand for a payout for his entire staff too. That's pretty stand up.
I have a good feeling that Conan will bounce back with a show on another network, but that doesn't excuse the way he's being treated. If the ratings were that bad, why not just say "the ratings are bad and that's why Conan is out." Instead, this drama seems to be painting Jay Leno and NBC in a bad light.
They say any publicity is good publicity, but I don't think that may be true in this case. I think this has been around long enough that there is a resentment building up from folks who think O'Brien is getting screwed.
I could be wrong. This all may blow over in a month's time or so. We seem to have an attention span that lasts about as long as it takes to drink a beer on Badger game day....