Tonight will be Conan O’Brien’s last gig as host of “The Tonight Show.” While we’ve spent a lot of time talking about how much we dislike Jay Leno, we’ve not devoted much space to saying just how much we like Conan O’Brien. He’s easy to root for. He’s self-deprecating. He’s friends with Triumph the Comic Insult Dog and The Masturbating Bear. Most of all, he has taken the high road¹ over the past two weeks — his NBC jokes don’t have the same bitterness as Jay’s — never easy to do when you’re getting stabbed in the back.
We’ll be sad not to see him for eight months (a non-compete clause will keep him off the air until at least September 1), but we’ll be that much happier when he returns on a different network, one that intends to give him the support he deserves.