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The hook

Comedy requires an innate sense of timing.

So you’d think — by now — Jay Leno — former comedian, current leper — would know that he has seriously missed his cue.  Needs to go.  Couldn’t be less welcome if he had let chili farts in one of the tiny, egg-shaped elevators at the St. Louis Arch.  (Sorry — a couple of personal scars crept into that last illusion.)

NBC asked you to leave, Jay.  And, I’ll admit, they pussied out at the end.  Took one look at that huge, tremblin’ jaw of yours, and just couldn’t do it.  So you stayed, and your new show failed so horrendously in primetime, it pretty much took down the whole network with it.  The affiliate stations, too.  I hear peacocks are endangered now. Live with that.

And tonight, Conan and his staff and his fans become your lastest victims.  To make room for you yet again.  Because apparently, at NBC, there is nothing they like better than a big, fat failure.

You’re a perfect match.

I can only hope that the same audience that found your tired, lame comedy lacking in primetime will reject your recycled “Tonight Show” when you return to late night.  And, more importantly, they will say no to your lack of integrity, your lack of fair play, and your serious lack of timing.

There’s nothing funny about what you did.  There’s nothing funny about what you do.

Go home, Jay.

Late night lunacy

Yes, I smiled when I read the official decree…but only for a moment.

NBC confirmed Sunday that after February 12th, “The Jay Leno Show” will no longer occupy the 10pm time slot Monday-Friday.

If you read this blog with any regularity — and if you do, well gosh darn, thanks — you know I started whining about Leno’s new show as early as September.  So, as far as I’m concerned, it’s about time.  The ratings have sucked, and as a result, the local news programs on the local NBC affiliate stations have seen their ratings slide, too.

And more importantly, Leno’s show was just lazy television programming.  We cry all the time about how reality TV is taking over the airwaves.   Well, having Jay Leno attempt to replicate late night programming for an hour each night in primetime was no better.

NBC tried to save money and placate Jay Leno who — for some reason that completely escapes me — the network has decided viewers can’t live without.

That’s the reason I only smiled for a moment.  The network has decided to put Leno back on at 11:35pm for 30 minutes and slide “The Tonight Show” with Conan on after midnight — when the title no longer even makes good sense.

I hate to break it to you, NBC, but one of the reasons Conan’s ratings took a dive was Jay’s lead-in.  Putting Jay back on in late night isn’t automatically going to fix the problem.  And, if Conan has any pride at all, he will tell you take your 30 minute slide and…well, you get the idea.

Run, Conan, run.  The whole network is crazy!!