Tonight Show rumors

June 20, 2007 at 11:19 am | Posted in TV News | Leave a comment

Jon Stewart recently met with the head of NBC to discuss “finding a way to do business together.”  The rumor is that Jay Leno would stay on as host of the Tonight Show, Jon Stewart would take over for Conan, and Conan would get bought out of his contract.

Grrr.  I loathe this idea.   Look, I like Jon Stewart a lot, but I think the Daily Show is a perfect fit, and I honestly think any other late night show format starring Stewart would be less funny.  Remember when Craig Kilborn left the Daily Show for CBS?  Plus, Stewart relies heavily on additional talent to move the show along, and all those folks are under contract with Comedy Central already.  More importantly, Conan is hilarious.  He’s going to rock the Tonight Show, and he’s earned it, slumming for over a decade in the late late timeslot.  I’ve been anxiously waiting for the show to switch timeslots so that I can get some more sleep.

I know it’s a controversial opinion, but given the choice between Conan and Jon, I’d take Conan.

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