Late-night Debacle: Who will prevail?

A heated debate has been taking place over the last few weeks.
This debate doesn’t involve powerful world leaders or state politicians; it involves two late night TV heavyweights: Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.
According to CNN.com, it all started Sunday, January 9 when NBC announced that “The Jay Leno Show” would be removed from its 10pm time slot effective February 11th due to poor ratings.
Chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment Jeff Gaspin came up with a plan in which Leno could host another new, half-hour show at 11:35, pushing “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien to 12:05, and pushing “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon to 1 am.
But, O’Brien wasn’t having it.
After a few days of NBC trying to negotiate with both parties, O’Brien released a statement on Tuesday, January 11.
He said, “My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of ‘The Tonight Show’. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is destruction,” O’Brien said. “Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.”
In his statement, O’Brien explained that bumping the time forward into the next day would damage the franchise and that it would be unfair to Jimmy Fallon, the new host of “Late Night”, to make his show start at 1 am.
O’Brien also went on to dispel any rumors of him moving to another network.
In a recent poll conducted by TMZ entitled “Who is the Bad Guy?” the numbers reveal that most people are on O’Brien’s side with only 25% of the vote. Leno got 26%, and President of NBC Entertainment Jeff Zucker was voted the “bad guy” with 49%.
SC4 students seem to be on O’Brien’s side, as well.
“I love Conan and I think what NBC is doing to him is completely wrong,” freshman Brittany Detloff said. “Jay had his time.”
SC4 student Alex Meyer agreed, saying, “I think Jay Leno is a guy who was bored not having a show. He didn’t need the money; he was just bored. And since he has so much celebrity weight, all he had to do was say, ‘Hey, I want my show/time back.’ And the networks were like ‘Yeah! Alright! LOL!’”
To decide what side you are on, you can catch the Jay Leno show weeknights at 10pm and “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien at 11:35 pm on NBC.

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