Conan O'Brien has officially gone rogue. On the heels of Friday's unusually harsh monologue, O'Brien went after the network that screwed him even harder tonight. Also: David Letterman and Craig Ferguson chimed in with some NBC/Leno digs of their own.
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O'Brien opened up this evening's broadcast of The Tonight Show just moments ago with a slew of jokes at NBC's expense, and also poked fun at his current job insecurity.
- [Audience applauding] "Ladies and gentlemen, please! You keep that up and this monologue won't start until 12:05."
- "Good evening, everybody. I'm Conan O'Brien, the new host of Last Call with Carson Daly."
- "This weekend, a 6.5 earthquake hit California... the earthquake was so powerful, it knocked Jay Leno's show from 10:00 to 11:35." [Then mocks Leno's voice.]
- "Everybody now wants to know what my plans are... all I can say is I plan to continue putting on a great show night after night, while stealing as many office supplies as humanly possible. I'm gonna rob this place blind."
- "NBC announced they plan to lose $200 million on the Winter Olympics next month. Folks, is it just me, or is that story hilarious?"
A few minutes later, O'Brien reiterated that NBC wants to push his show to 12:05 AM so that Jay Leno can occupy the 11:35 PM time slot. O'Brien then played a scrolling video of some of his future "options" before the audience, many of which included jabs at NBC and Leno.
The options included:
- Star in a Lifetime original movie about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship with her network.
- Move to FOX and follow their hit "24" with a new show called "24:05."
- Convince NBC to let me keep this time slot if I can gain 10 pounds of chin.
- Bring sanity back to NBC by hiring Gary Busey as head of programming.
- Leave television altogether, and work in a classier business with better people, like hardcore porn.
At this point, we think it's safe to say that O'Brien isn't going down without a fight—or at least an attempt at embarrassing the network that screwed him as much as it's embarrassed him.
Update, 1:00 AM ET: Not one to be left out of the fray, David Letterman also addressed the mess over at NBC on tonight's episode of The Late Show, starting with a monologue that featured a couple of NBC/Leno jabs, including "I'm a little worried about Conan. I'm not worried about Jay, he'll land on his chin, he always does."
Letterman then spent a few minutes before the reading of tonight's Top 10 List recapping what happened to him when he lost The Tonight Show to Leno in 1992, before summarizing what he thought the situation to be at NBC and offering a recommendation for how the network could fix its late night mess. It's worth watching for the jokes at Carson Daly's expense alone, not to mention Letterman's impersonation of Leno working on a car while talking to his wife, Mavis.
Update, 1:30 AM ET: And for good measure, here's The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson's take on the NBC late night situation. Ferguson spent most of his monologue tonight discussing it, but this moment—in which he called the mess at NBC "the direct result of atrocious management by a once great American network"—was definitely the one to watch.
Update, 2:05 AM ET: It looks like we stopped watching The Late Show a few seconds too early. Luckily, a tip from Brian Van set us straight and we were able to go back and grab this video of Letterman's Top 10 List from tonight: "Signs There's Trouble at NBC."