Originally Posted by LaRussa
Leno was #1 for all the years he was on but he had said he wanted out in 2009 many years ago so they kept him to his word. So now I'm stuck with Letterman cuz as I said Conan is really terrible and quite silly most of the time. I guess there is an audience for everyone tho. I wouldn't mind seeing Conan fail and then bring back Jay, that would be so cool.
I like David Letterman. He can be brash at times, but he is usually consistently funny. And I love how he responds to his guests.
So far as Conan goes, I have never liked him. I remember when he debuted as the host of that Late Late show. Terrible! Stiff and unfunny! And he had no on air experience. I think he was a writer. So why he got that job I don't know. I just find him way too manic and immature. I rarely tuned into his Late Late show, and I now that he's on The Tonight Show, I doubt I'll be tuning into that any more frequently than I did his other show.. which was almost never and never for more than a few minutes.
To me Carson and then Leno were The Tonight Show!
In 2004 Jeno was contemplating retiring. At the same time Conan heard this he threatened to leave the network for another network unless he was given The Tonight Show. Because the network didn't want more competition, they promised The Tonight Show to Conan when Leno eventually retired. However, there was no start date for him. In 2007, Conan started making waves about wanting a start date, so they came up with 2009. By then, Leno had changed his mind about retiring and wanted to stay on, but the Producers decided that they didn't want to lose Conan to another network, so they forced Leno into retirement. Had they not done that he would have remained with the show.