I can’t take it anymore. I have to say something. I am tired of all the “Conan O’Brien got screwed by NBC sympathy. Where were all these people the past few months when he was hurting for viewers? Yeah, they were watching David Letterman. But suddenly he gets screwed by NBC, instead of just the viewers, and everyone wants to talk about how unfair NBC is being.
You know what it reminds me of? It reminds me of when people commit suicide. They do so because they think nobody cares. They basically die alone, yet hundreds of people show up the funeral and talk about what a shame it was because he was so loved. Yeah? Well, where were you when he was asking for help?
This includes the famous and not so famous people. Conan was hurting for big name celebrities since his first week as host of The Tonight Show. I write up what’s hot on TV every night, and I pick whichever late night show looks to have the better guests, Letterman or Conan. It’s always Letterman, even after the whole affair debacle he went through. The stars weren’t showing up for Conan. And as many people that want to say now how great Conan is and how much they loved him and how unfair it is that he’s being pushed out, they weren’t watching the show. If they were, NBC wouldn’t be pushing him out.
Don’t get me wrong. I do love Conan O’Brien. I did back when he first started in late night on NBC, when no one else did. I love his brand of humor. He’s conceptually funny, and sometimes that is so much more refreshing than the ha ha joke a minute variety. But the Johnny Come Lately fans have got to stop. The lack of viewers and lack of quality guests killed the show. NBC put it out of its misery perhaps too early and didn’t give it as much of a chance as they should have, but they wouldn’t have had to act at all if it had the viewers and the numbers.
So before people balk about the unfairness NBC is showing, they should check their own viewing habits. Sure, there are a lot of people that can comment below and say they’ve watched every episode of Conan’s Tonight Show. But there are for more people that can’t say that and probably only watched the first week of Conan’s show, and are now watching his swan song saying how unfair it is.
Here’s a video of perhaps his last show on NBC. Conan makes a joke, but it does happen to be appropriate for the situation. He comments on Jeff Bridges’ beard, and the actor tells him, “Let the hairs go until you know what you’re going to do next.” Good advice, Conan.