In case you missed it, there are lots of great links out there about this whole fiasco. I thought I'd try to collect some of my favorites here. Please leave comments if you think I've missed something (but let's be honest, I don't really CARE if I miss any pro-Leno links).
The Week Late Night Went to War has been a hotbed of controversy. Some late night talk show hosts have addressed it head-on, while others have seemed to essentially steer away from the drama. I felt sorry for the endearing Jimmy Fallon when he mentioned it on his show. He seemed almost like a little kid whose parents are divorcing and asking him which parent he loves more. But overall, the resulting comedic material has been entertaining as hell. Last night, January 14, was spectacular. I think I may be a little in love with Jimmy Kimmel right now! Watch The Late Night Wars Reaches Its Boiling Point: All the Clips You Missed and tell me what you think of Kimmel's comments.
Market Watch writer Jeff Friedman asks an excellent question: Why is Jeff Zucker still running NBC?
Aptly named DICK Ebersol defended Leno to a New York Times reporter. Dick seemed to think it was more important and effective to support Leno by ripping into Conan. Lovely.
You know, what with Zucker making such ugly threats as keeping Conan off all of television for over three years, it almost seems like he's got some sort of ax to grind with Conan. Oh, wait, what's that? Zucker had Conan arrested in 1985 at Harvard? Nahhh, nobody with any maturity or intelligence holds a grudge for that long, right?
A Wall Street Journal writer wrote a really interesting essay about Why Some Comics Aren't Laughing at Jay Leno. As a big fan of stand up, and as a beginning comedianne myself, I have to say I agree with pretty much every point made in the article. I do remember a time when Leno was funny and sharp-witted. But I guess you can't expect much from a man who doesn't regret eavesdropping on his bosses.
I find it disheartening when I have to compare the pre-power-hungry Jay Leno to the man he seems to be now - a man who could have ended this whole debacle before it began by simply bowing out gracefully. It would appear, though, that he learned nothing from his own experience 17 years ago. Read Jay Leno, NBC, and Conan: A History of False Promises, Treachery and Doublespeak to see what I mean.