People of Earth
Conan O'Brien says hell no, he won't go to a later slot on NBC.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
In the latest development in a pop culture week that has also seen Simon Cowell's announcement that he will (gasp) be leaving "American Idol,'' Conan O'Brien roundly rejected NBC's proposal that he move "The Tonight Show'' to a later slot to make room for the return of Jay Leno at 11:35.
As The New York Times reports, O'Brien's statement (addressed to "People of Earth')' handles the proposed demotion with humor, but draws a line in the sand at the proposed move.
"I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me,'' he begins, before making it clear that he's unhappy about NBC's treatment, which he attributes to "their terrible difficulties in prime-time.'' He ends the statement with a joke: "Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair. It's always been that way."