Who will be the last last night comedian standing?
NBC's decision to bump Conan O'Brien back to his original 12:05 a.m. time slot not only brought out the diva in Conan, but the sharper edged jabs from competing late night network stars David Letterman and Jay Leno. Oddly, one late night comedian who is keeping his lips shut about the whole debacle is Jimmy Fallon, who hosts an NBC show at 11:35p.m. on weeknights.
Potent personal remarks have emblazoned the usually not ferocious "Late Show with David Letterman". Not only did Letterman joke, but revisited his own problems with CBS. Jay Leno is also one who is throwing his jokes in the ring by noting how O'Brien has received more time to settle his show into a new time than he has. O'Brien made a rebuttal on his show to Leno tainted with the bitter taste of the age divide, remarking "do anything you want in life - unless Jay Leno wants to do it too."
O'Brien has even publicly shown his distaste of the network for making this decision by blatantly opening up his show last Thursday by greeting the audience as "NBC's 'Employee of the Month.'"
O'Brien ranks high within the younger demographic of late night television audiences, but Letterman still holds a strong lead ahead of him overall.
As the dust settles this week from negotiations between O'Brien and NBC, it is most likely Conan will either calm down from his A-list sized tantrum and take whatever NBC will give him or get cancelled completely.