January 15th, 2010

I Think NBC Executives Are Suicidal

PASADENA, Calif. — The verbal battle in the late-night wars got louder Thursday as a top NBC executive struck back against on-air attacks on the network’s once and future “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno.

The executive, Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports, said the reason for Mr. Leno’s return to NBC’s late-night roster after a short stint in prime time this season was a simple one: disappointing ratings for Conan O’Brien’s “Tonight Show.”

Referring to the pointed jokes made this week by Mr. O’Brien and David Letterman of CBS, Mr. Ebersol said it was “chicken-hearted and gutless to blame a guy you couldn’t beat in the ratings.”

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All this is going to accomplish is give Letterman, O'Brien, Kimmel and Stewart more ammo to savage your company with tonight.

And it makes it look like you have no fucking control over your own network - because you could easily have simply run reruns all week. After all Conan can film all the shit he wants, but it's you guys who put it on the air, right?

As it was last night Conan was saying that if they really wanted no one to see him on television for the next three years all they had to do was "keep me on NBC." You think he's going to get nicer now?

Finally, insulting the people who pay you on live television for four days straight is many, many things, but it sure ain't "chicken-hearted and gutless."