In the biggest recantation since New Coke and Coke Blak, NBC/Comcast are rumored to be reversing their ridiculous removal of Jay Leno from “The Tonight Show” and pushing Conan O’Brien back into the late night boneyard where he belongs.
I predicted this fiasco back on May 20, 2009 in — Leaving Jay Leno — and to this day I do not understand why NBC took Jay away from his winning routine for the loser O’Brien.
Did NBC remove Jay because they “owed” Conan “The Tonight Show?” Uh, no! There’s zero loyalty in Hollywood.
NBC obviously thought Conan would bring in a whole new viewership even though Jay was already routinely winning the time slot. Never mess with success!
It is certainly the right thing to do to give Jay back his place in late night television — but is to too late? Have NBC ruined both Jay and Conan with their misguided allegiances?
I think it is Comcast — the new majority owners of NBC — behind this switch back to success because NBC had plenty of time to correct the error before it was made and after it was made… all before Comcast finalized the buy deal in early December.
In fact, it has taken Comcast less than a month to push this move on NBC to set things right and that’s a good and prescient thing for the rest of us.