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Conan O'Brien Releases Statement That He Won't Do The Tonight Show at a Later Time

Conan to DVR and Internet, "Thanks but No Thanks."

Have you been following NBC's late-night network drama? After the network's announcement that it plans to move The Jay Leno Show (currently airing at 10 p.m.) to the 11:35 p.m. time slot long held by The Tonight Show, host Conan O'Brien says he will not support a move of his show to a later time. I love watching Conan, but rarely make it until 11:35 most nights. I'll catch up on shows by recording them on my DVR, so a time slot change means little to me.

Not so to O'Brien, who issued a statement saying,

"Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more."

I'm not surprised by his response, after all, his show is his art — an art he's practiced and worked at for many, many years. But he raises an interesting question: with DVR and the Internet, does the time a show airs live matter?

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aistea311 aistea311 7 years
Thank you Fashionista :)
paigeemma paigeemma 7 years
love your avatar aistea :)
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I'm a huge Conan O'Brien fan and what NBC is doing is best described in expletives I would not use on my beloved geeksugar. I will not lie, before I had my DVR, I would watch him at his regular time and by him moving up to 11:30, I could watch him without having to sit through commercials. But he has a valid point. The Tonight Show was ALWAYS at 11:30. Why change that? The point is, NBC is making a huge mistake and technology or not, Americans will always look forward to a good laugh right before bed.
Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 7 years
To a degree because I do not have a DVR and unless if I really want to watch a show I do not use the Internet.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
I agree with Kindo too! I would guess the majority of people do not have a DVR or watch tv on the internet. Once again look up "digital divide".
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
i agree kindo, too. If he was on EARLIER i'd be jovial. I love watching Conan O'Brien. The guy is a laugh riot. if they moved his show (which i rarely watch as it is) i'd never watch it. Not because i can't watch it on my DVR that i don't have, or the internet, but because i'd rather watch it on tv live and funny. it's just not quite as funny when recorded. but that's just me.
paigeemma paigeemma 7 years
i agree with you kindo. :)
kindo1313 kindo1313 7 years
The time slot does matter, especially with a show like the tonight show, which has fans from young to old. A lot of people still don't watch tv on the internet or have a dvr, especially the older crowd. All that aside, it's the tonight show. You don't disrespect it by messing with it. If NBC wanted to keep Jay, they should have waited a few more years to hire Conan.
paigeemma paigeemma 7 years
i think its ridiculous that the network is doing this to him. if they wanted to keep jay why didnt they just leave him at the time he was before. hes bombing on his show now what makes them think it wont bomb at a later time?
zzleigh zzleigh 7 years
I watch him on Hulu, but the point is that there won't BE a show (at least not with my beloved Conan) if they try to move him.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
Fans are still going to watch no matter what time he's on, DVR makes that possible and convenient. Where it really matters is with ratings. Networks keep or ditch shows/actors/hosts based on live ratings and if a later time slot means a drop in ratings I can see why he'd be upset... that and they're basically treating him like the red-headed stepchild of late night TV.
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