NBC late night hosts Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Fallon all took shots at the network last night, in light of the news that the network is, once again, planning to re-shuffle its time slots.
The network plans to move The Jay Leno Show from his current time slot, where he does an hour show at 10 pm, to a half-hour slot at 11:35. This move would then push back The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien to 12:05, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to 1:05 am, though it’s not yet known what Conan will decide to do.
Leno kicked off his show by saying, “Fired again! Even when they fire people it’s a re-run … didn’t we just get fired in May? NBC said show performed exactly expected … and then they cancelled us.”
He also said, “supposedly were moving to 11:30 … my people are upset, Conan’s people are upset … NBC said the wanted drama at 10, now they got it. I’m leaving NBC primetime just as I found it … a complete disaster.” Watch:
Conan also slammed NBC, opening his monologue up by addressing his applauding audience: “Keep that up, and this monologue won’t start until 12:05.” He also quipped, “I’m Conan O’Brien the new host of Late Night With Carson Daily,” “The Earthquake was so powerful, it knocked Jay Leno’s show from 10:00 to 11:35.” Perhaps the best line was “The Winter olympics coming up … NBC announced they plan to lose $200 million on the Winter Olympics. Folks, is it just me? Or is that story hilarious?”