David Letterman has shared his opinions on the grand mess that is also known as NBC. He’s probably the only person who can save us all from the Late Night Wars.
Of course, Conan O’Brien’s official statement on the matter is more to the point:
“For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news,” O’Brien said in a statement. “I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.”
[Read the full statement here]
I don’t know what’s going to happen to NBC’s Late Night line-up but it sure has been interesting to watch unfold.