Well everybody, it looks like Late Night War II is nearing completion, as NBC and Conan are expected to sign an armistice on the USS Missouri in the coming days or possibly hours. And you know what that means: it’s time for me to falsify details and break out the cats. That’s right, all these cats must go before the war is over! Anyway, here’s all the latest news:
- Norm MacDonald’s appearance on last night’s “Tonight Show” was absolutely terrific. If you missed it, watch it.
- Only small details remain in Conan’s exit deal, particularly how much severance pay his staff will get and the extent of non-disparagement of NBC Conan will be held to. NBC said this in a statement: “It was Conan’s decision to leave NBC that resulted in nearly 200 of his staffers being out of work. We have already agreed to pay millions of dollars to compensate every one of them. This latest posturing is nothing more than a PR ploy.” That Conan is so mean!
- Letterman absolutely CRUSHED the statement that Leno made on his show the other night. It’s hilarious to see how much fun he’s having with this.
- Mark Lisanti at MovieLine wrote an excellent article about the situation that infuses perspective and sums up the state of late-night TV moving forward.
- And finally, in a 2008 “Late Night” appearance, Artie Lange sagely predicted that Conan would be better off taking the $40M buyout from NBC and not moving to Los Angeles. Watch the video below.
Okay, I think that’s about everything. For now. I’m really looking forward to this whole thing being over. I’m definitely not going to miss writing about this every day. Photoshopping the cats, maybe. But not the writing.