NBC Cancels Leno

Only to move him to 11:30 and snub Conan?

From the New York Post:

Network Chairman Jeff Gaspin confirmed that he was pushing a new late-night arrangement: Leno at 11:35 p.m., hosting a half-hour show, and Conan at 12:05 a.m. hosting the one-hour “The Tonight Show.”

“My goal is to keep Jay, Conan and Jimmy as our late-night lineup,” Gaspin said.

He characterized the plan as a “compromise” that gives Leno what he wants — his old time slot back — and lets Conan keep the title of “Tonight Show” host.

Two questions here:

  1. Why is NBC still trying to give Jay Leno “what he wants”?
  2. Who is Jeff Gaspin and why does he hate us?

We’ll explore these issues in further detail tomorrow in our long-delayed, much-anticipated “2009: The Year in TV” post!

UPDATE: Conan says thanks but no thanks on a move to 12:05.

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