January 12, 2010

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Conan O'Brien: Thanks But No Thanks

A shocking statement from Conan O'Brien late this afternoon, saying he won't go along with NBC's plan to start "The Tonight Show" at 12:05am. "The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn't The Tonight Show," he said in the statement. Where does this leave NBC's late night comedy line-up? What can NBC do to keep O'Brien, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Fallon? We'll talk to Donald Trump and legendary talk show host Dick Cavett.

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Should Conan O'Brien leave NBC?

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Luis B Rosario   January 12th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

From Luis B Rosario

To Larry King CNN

What can NBC do to keep Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon?

Give special attention to Conan "the Barbarian" O'Brien happy. If he
didn't ask for change and he does not want change, NBC must
negotiate with him to try to accomodate him. Otherwise NBC may see
him" jump ship."

A. Smith, Oregon   January 12th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Dump Conan O'Brien, perhaps he'll end up hosting a game show in the morning network. He's not funny, and can only joke about his hair so many times before viewers find another late night network.

Dodie   January 12th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Really very sad about Haiti... This is such an impoverished country.

Dodie   January 12th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

I am glad to hear Hillary Clinton will be sending aide to this country! They will need a lot of help!

Badaruwa   January 12th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Some place greener for Conan? NBC execs should find cheaper replacement.

Dodie   January 12th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

They have suffered a number of aftershocks all above 4.0 Yikes!

KAM, Oregon   January 12th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Jay Leno should go to the end of the line. Put him on at 1:30. Conan O'Brien spent five years preparing for the move. NBC should keep their word.

vicky   January 12th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

CNN thanks great job

Dan Haugh   January 12th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

we have the capability of getting a first response helicopter on the ground in Haiti early tomorrow AM and will probably be the very first but need help with funding
Air Calvary is a non-profit relief organization based out of the US with partnerships in the DR

michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 12th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

This earthquake in Hattie may be just a warning of something bigger along the fault line only six miles deep this could allow magma to escape from the plates and create new volcanoes .

vicky   January 12th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

If Conan goes to FOX I never watch his show

susan   January 12th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

excuse me...Mr. King, Mr. Cavett & Mr. Trump...but didn't Jay Leno say he was leaving the tonight show years ago...and Conan would take his place....You guys have short memories..

ej in ABQ   January 12th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

I thought networks were obsessed with the 18 -49 age market. Well, here's a clue: kids don't give a **** about Leno. He's sooooo tired, and he IS your grandfather's Tonight Show. Conan will take the young market with him where-ever he goes. Actually, if they had a brain they would move Jimmy Fallon up. He's the best of the bunch.
the whole mess is stupid! I'm so glad I have PC/TV and can find fresh content away from cable and especially network TV. You guys chat it up.... I'm turning it all off.

Cindy   January 12th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

@Vicky, stereotyping has gotten the country in a lot of trouble. If you like Conan, it would not make sense not to watch him. I believe Wanda Sykes is on Fox. Gee, I guess she's a christian conservative. There are a lot of different personalities on Fox and I will go so far even to say I think there are a lot of different personalities on MSNBC, how about Olberman vs Dylan Ratigan. About as different as day and night. Why so many prejudice people; prejudice people who are anxious to label everyone else prejudice.

valoree lebron   January 12th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

The Dominican Republic did feel the earthquake. The epicenter was in Haiti but the earthquake was felt very hard in Santo Domingo. It was so hard that many people felt nauseaous from being shaken. There was panic. There are some schools with damage. I was surprised to hear you ask why it was only felt in Haiti to the meterologist.

Dennis DeMille   January 12th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Great to see you again Mr. Cavett. I feel as though I might be the only one to get the "Mission Accomplished" joke!

vicky   January 12th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

@ Cindy whenever repeat telecast of David Letterman I watch Conan I don’t like FOX Or MSNBC they never tell the facts they are bias media they always brag about them they never cover braking news in prime time even they don’t the meaning news media

Rasheed O.   January 12th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

O'Brien knows what's best for him. We all just have to just wait and see what his next step will be before we can talk about it. Whatever the outcome of his decision will be so let's all take a deep breath and wish the best of luck for him.

BC, Minnesota

Dodie   January 12th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Haiti is a very poor country with shacks. There is no such thing as earthquake proof building in Haiti! The people will need a lot of help. I fear there will be many deaths due to the building structure.

Dave Brafford   January 12th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Perhaps Conan will not join Fox, but join CNN and take Larry King's timeslot when he voluntarily gives it up.

Cindy   January 12th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Actually today Fox broke the news about Haiti and the shooting in Georgia long before CNN. I was checking both to see what they were saying. I feel both Fox and MSNBC have a few good programs but that's just my opinion.

CNN-The Reid story is over; please leave it off the bottom of the screen. There are just too many other important issues, including Haiti, to deal with.

vicky   January 12th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

@ Dodie we need to Help Haiti people they need our help
Bill Clinton will help Haiti people join with U.N

hybridace101   January 12th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

My feeling is that Conan's time to shine at late night is now. You can't take that away from him to give it back to someone who relinquished the post some time ago to move-on to other things just because you think it is a "wise" business move.

Here's my prediction if Jay Leno returns to his former slot: he will be like Michael Jordan when he returned to professional basketball. You know Jordan did so well before retiring almost for good in 1999 but when he returned in late 2001, I don't recall him bringing the Wizards to even the 1st round. Hence, I don't think Leno will do well when he returns. His audience probably moved-on to other things.

Jean   January 12th, 2010 10:40 pm ET


At the beginning of every year, always hoping for the best, I do wonder what will we hear as the year progresses.
We never know when a disaster will strike. One day or in a second when we least expect it everything is just fine, people are happy as a lark, some having fun and others going about their daily business and then, shockingly, in a second disaster, illness, accidents or death strikes. In this case at Haiti an earthquake. If only we could see the future people would immediately vacate the island/country or go elsewhere where it may be safer in the country but the future is not for us to see. Such is life.
Talk to those who reside in islands and who have experienced earthquakes, earth rumblings and hurricanes of all. They have lived through them. Annually, there is always the concern of "if one of these disasters strike" and what may happen.
Those who believe in God and worship Him, pray to Him for His divine assistance and protection that their country and themselves will be spared any such disasters. It is something which we should be doing constantly.
It is not surprising that an earthquake occurred in Haiti. Earthquakes can occur anywhere especially where the weather is warm/hot all year round. Islands are specifically susceptible to earthquakes and also hurricanes, no exception tsunamis.
When an earthquake strikes, it all depends on the magnitude if there will be major destruction or loss of lives or vice versa.
It does not matter if buildings are constructed in a manner to withstand the force of these natural disasters, they can easily crumble under the force of the earthquake. Strange things happen. Some buildings in the same area may be more damaged than others.
The US, Canada and the islands do not get cyclones and also have yet to have a tsunami. Who knows if these will occur sometime in the future. The US and Canada have had tornados. It all depends where those countries/islands are located and in what area we reside in which may or may not be affected.
I pray for the people of Haiti that God will assist the survivors and sustain them at this time. It is no easy matter for the injured and suffering and for the loss of shelter.
One good thing which comes out of these disasters Haiti will receive a lot of help in many respects. The US is the first to offer this help. Thanks be to God. As I always remember my dear mother who would say: "God is good!" Indeed!
God bless all!

kevin   January 12th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

We are going to send aid to Haiti, why should we, let the rest of the world take care of this one. Lets give the world a real reason to hate us,stop being so caring,doesn't seem like any other countries do. Let Denmark handle this one, the USA can just sit this one out.

Tom Pearce   January 12th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

What about Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. People should not be deported to these devastating conditions. Guatemalans have been granted TPS and so have Eastern Europeans fleeing civil wars. Isn't it time Congressman Meeks for Obama to grant TPS for Haiti.

Vivian Melton   January 12th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Larry, while many of us will do our part to assist Haiti, make an appeal to CEOs of these large banks who are receiving large bonuses. Additonally, what about cruise ships offering assistance as they did with Hurricane katrina. They can allow people over there to clean up and receive some temporary R&R. Cruise ships have begun trying to assist Haiti by including it as a Port of Call.

fjdiaz   January 12th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

The Dominican Air Force, is sending a quick reaction team for search and rescue. I wonder what kind of quick response actions is the U.S goverment going to do tonight/tomorrow since guantanamo NAS is next door, and south Florida has one of the best first aid structures in the U.S

Cindy   January 12th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

Sorry; Denmark cannot handle this. It may get in the way of their being the happiest people on the planet :-).

Tom Pearce   January 12th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

What about TPS, Temporary Protected Status for Haiti. People from Haiti should not be deported to these devastating conditions.Guatemalans, Eastern Europeans and many others have been granted TPS during Civil Wars and hurricanes. Why doesn't Obama grant TPS for Haitians, congressman Meeks.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 12th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

This is a republic of the United states and it's our obligation to help .

BandonLuna in Oregon   January 12th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

My concern about Haiti is violence, looting, and other crimes in the days to come. If there is no food, especially no water, that will cause crisis right off the bat.

Yes, there are already rescue groups in Haiti but Haitians still don't have enough food and water and sanitation even without earthquakes.

Larry, find out about security in Haiti.

Jean   January 12th, 2010 10:58 pm ET


Governments, especially those in the Caribbean and elsewhere, those which are considered third world countries, must do more for their nationals.
There is a reason why these countries are poor and I will dwell on governments of those countries such as Haiti. Haiti used to be a rich country. In those days many people from other Caribbean islands flocked to Haiti because it was financially a progressive country. Beginning with Papa Doc and his descendents who ruled Haiti, they utilized the money for their own purpose, living lavishly and in palaces while their nationals went without. This caused the island to be poor. Haiti has never recovered from their dictatorship governing.
Always when there is a disaster people turn to God. If only when they were laughing and having fun and the sun is bright, they do not give God a thought. In these times, too many have turned away from God, some refusing to acknowledge Him as Creator and Ruler of the world. Others have ceased practicing the faith.
God is a good God. This is a natural disaster caused by the earth and the heat of the earth above and below. In any case, God has a way of bringing people back to Him so that they, the survivors, may save their souls and obtain eternal salvation.

DC   January 12th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Larry King is the most gracious, informed, and interesting host/interviewer - ever! I love how no matter what the subject or the number of guests on the panels that he controls them all. He keeps the shows running smooth, always interesting and, of course, entertaining (when subject matter allows). I enjoy his quick humor and ability to laugh at others and himself.

Thank you Mr. King for your show and for being you. You are Great!

Peppy   January 12th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

Conon leave–NO –Jay leave NO–why don't the affilates GO–I'm sure they can get more affilates–they keep saying its the "affilates" fault–NBC is not too bright–their is a sitcom on NBC named Chuck –it has everything–clean sex-geeks handsome men and also funny men–it has everything–and no killing women and no filth–the show can be watched with my grandchildren and I LOVE IT–But they were going to kill the sitcom and the FANS went out and got them BACK– so I think the people (fans) should start writing.

Marina   January 12th, 2010 11:55 pm ET

I want to thank CNN because it was the only cable news that kept reporting about the earthquake in Haiti. Haiti is a very poor country located in our hemisphere by the Caribbean Sea. This disaster is not good news; the human toll could be very high and the country’s sanitary conditions a nightmare. For some time, there was also a thread of a tsunami that could reach other countries. However, while watching Campbell, I switched back and forth to FOX and MSNBC and their anchors were talking about Palin or other unimportant issues. That's why they have to bite their tongues when CNN brags about being the number one source of news.

John H   January 13th, 2010 12:01 am ET

@Vicki 10:16 pm...Gee Vicky! What a blow to Conan that might be.
@ ej in ABQ...Gee! Do you really promise. Hang on, I help you pack your bags.
Conan...You have my respect and best wishes whatever you do.

D.M. Taylor   January 13th, 2010 1:54 am ET

Conan is not my favorite host of the Tonight Show;yet he certainly desire to be there right behind the news. So,if he is there now on an agreement think about what you are doing NBC against your own choice.

A. Hall   January 13th, 2010 2:13 am ET

Haiti is a "very poor country" in our American Continent. Shame on the powerful country of that continent. Lets forget about history for a moment. What happened to Haiti is not good at all. It is a great opportunity to make the media buzy; but it is a disaster, a chaos to the abandoned country and not good news. I would like to thank the media, especially CNN for the coverage. I would like to thank everyone, country and organization that is getting ready to participate in the country's recovery.. Please don't do it alone. Give us an opportunity to volunteer. We will learn, after all, how to do things for ourselves and try to lead Haiti to become once again "The Perles of the Islands, Please show us how to do things while helping; instead of doing them for us. Don't wait until time like 1/12/10 to intervene, but help us to get prepared for things like 1/12/10. We will really acknowledge that others want Haiti and her population to walk forward

Henri fontaine   January 15th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

thanks to the international communauty for the help they give to Haiti especialy to the president of the united state Barrack Obama who make history again by offering the bigest humanitarian help to Haiti in Amarican history

since the war of independance we strong Haitian people we had tu use our hands as weapon to trow rock to free ourself from slavery today in 21 century we keep using hands ,our nails to free our people under the ground because of the non presence of our so call haitian government and we will survive .

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