Dear NBC Executives,
I have been a loyal viewer for the greater portion of the past 22 years. Unfortunately however, I am writing to inform you that after tonight, I will no longer be tuning into NBC weeknights after 11:30 p.m.
Obviously, I realize this means nothing to you. Actually, it seems you’ve become quite comfortable with the network’s fourth-place ranking. If you weren’t, you probably wouldn’t be making such risky decisions with your late night line up.
I truly wish it never came to this. In fact, I would love nothing more than to go back in time to seven months ago when it was The Tonight Show with Jay Leno followed by Late Night With Conan O’Brien. And considering how bad your plan backfired, I understand you wanting to do the same.
Yet, never did I think you’d actually be stupid enough to ax Conan at the sake of keeping Leno. Exactly how many years are you hoping he’s got left? And who on earth are you going to find to replace him? Ryan Seacrest?
Also, I’m not sure if you realize this, but the Baby Boomer generation is starting to die off. In other words, Leno’s fan base. On wait! You did know that! That’s the whole reason you gave Conan the Tonight Show in the first place.
Although I wouldn’t expect you to release an official apology to viewers, it would be nice if the network finally took responsibility for the failure of both shows. According to Dick Ebersol, the late night crisis is “an astounding failure by Conan,” all because he wasn’t willing to take his advice and make the Tonight Show more appealing to middle America viewers.
So was that really your plan–promote Conan then expect him to be your red-haired monkey? Perhaps you should have hired Larry The Cable Guy. I hear he’s a big hit over there.
Indeed, the network has made plenty of questionable programming choices over the years and I realize you are driven by greed just as much as every other media conglomerate.
But I have always held NBC to a higher standard when it comes to comedy.
I suppose much of my adoration for the network stems from watching Saturday Night Live as a young girl. To this day, I consider it one of the greatest comedic institutions of all time. Also, your “Must See TV” Thursday night line-up has been home to some of the funniest and most beloved shows.
In my few visits to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, I have immediately resorted to giddy-school-girl-like behavior (see accompanying photo). One year, I practically ran-sacked the NBC Experience Store, buying as much merch as I could carry back home, including a vintage NBC peacock shirt and a Conan shot glass.
Well, tonight I will be taking my first shot out of that glass as I brace for a long, Conan-free seven months. As for my NBC peacock shirt, I’m not really sure when I’ll be able to wear it again without feeling shame.
Yes, you have disgraced the peacock.
Have fun with Leno!