No doubt you've probably heard and read way too much about the battle between comedians/talk show hosts Conan "Coco" O'Brien and Jay "The Chin" Leno spurred by haven't-got-a-clue NBC execs screaming, "Undo! Undo!" while attempting to fix their HIlariously ridiculous epic fail of scheduling The Chin five nights a week in prime-time.
Coco very rightly and eloquently said, "Later, suckas!" last week when NBC informed him that, after seven measly months on the job, it would be moving The Tonight Show to 12:05 AM EST to accommodate a predictably unfunny half-hour Jay Leno Show--I feel icky linking to it, but fair is fair. As proof of the seriousness of his decision, Coco's posted an offer to sell the show on Craigslist--4 SALE: BARELY-USED LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW – MAKE ME AN OFFER!!! (Universal Studios)--and is auctioning off a Collector's Edition Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Carry-On Bag on ebay. Those who dare to mess with The Jester are themselves made fools.
Rumor has it that Coco will likely round out his gig as host this Friday, January 22. It may also mark the end of The Tonight Show of itself, dealing a fatal blow to the 60 year old pitch-your-project weeknight chat-n-bull session.
Because no fight is of any worth if it ain't got powerful images and slogans, artist Mike Mitchell created this iconic, Faireyesque poster so the peeps can show the world just whose side they're on.
While anyone with a working brain can astutely claim that there are far more important issues deserving of one's limited attention and energy, the folks at Comix, a New York comedy nightclub, are holding The "I'm with CoCo" Benefit For Haiti on January 28, so those able to attend can proudly say they care about entertainment fluff and people in need.
UPDATE: Word has come over The Internets™ that NBC will pay Coco $33 million to pack up his jokes and get the eff out after hosting his last Tonight show this Friday. His loyal staff will split $12 million to live on until a new home can be found. And The Chin? Well, he'll return to run the show into the ground at 11:35 PM EST, beginning March 1, as NBC execs have decided he's the perfect poison to deliver a slow and painfully uncomfortable death to its late-night schedule, joining the rest of the network in Broadcasting Without An Audience Land.
Terrific job, guys! ABC, CBS and Fox will be sending you an overpriced gift basket shortly. Even PBS wants to show its appreciation--it's got a tote bag with your name on it!
(via NPR's two-way news blog)