- Why I Quit Conan O'Brien himself released a statement explaining his resignation, slamming NBC.
So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.
- Translation: 'See you in Hell, Jerks' Time's James Poniewozik gasps at Conan's statement. "Conan is publicly one of the most even-keeled guys in late-night, but this is quite the thorough smackdown of NBC and how it has badly used him, screwed up its primetime and then screwed up the un-screwing-up." He translates line-by-line, concluding, "...my agent is now accepting calls. See you in Hell, jerks. Or on Fox."
- This Began 19 Years Ago Netroots chairman Adam Bonin recalls the old Leno/Letterman feud of television lore. "Conan quits because NBC destroyed the franchise Allen, Paar, and Carson built. All goes back to choosing Jay over Dave in June 1991."
- Will Conan Go On Tonight? Newsweek's Holly Bailey anticipates great things if he does. "Can't wait to see Conan's monologue tonight. Scheduled guest: Tom Brokaw," she wrote. But Twitter user Delrayser is skeptical. "You're assuming he goes on tonight. And that NBC lets him."
- Conan Can Learn from Palin The Washington Independent David Weigel riffs off Sarah Palin's recent hire as a Fox News contributor. "The good news for Conan: Quitting your job apparently entitles you to a commentator gig at Fox News."
- NBC Just Like Washington! Democratic strategist Patrick Ruffini quips, "Today we learn where politics isn't the only place where an ossified establishment just can't let go."
- Who Will Save Us? Twitter user Pourmecoffee has an idea. "Zombie Johnny Carson, I SUMMON THEE!"
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