Wow, Jay Leno hasn’t made many friends recently, has he? Besides getting served by Letterman night after night for the past week and a half, having Conan tear him a new one with every passing “Tonight Show”, and Jimmy Kimmel savagely ridiculing him on his own show (awesome, by the way), now he’s got Rosie O’Donnell to worry about. Yes, Rosie O’Donnell. Read on for the details, my gentle Examiner readers…
Rosie O’Donnell isn’t the most beloved person in Hollywood these days, but she may actually have more people rooting for her than, say, Jay Leno. The former (and future) “Tonight Show” host has been taking a beating from other comics and the media since it was announced that NBC would essentially be canning Conan, and now O’Donnell’s boarded the “Eff Jay Leno Express”.
While speaking at a GLAAD screening of her latest documentary, “A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration”, the comedienne unleashed on Leno for pulling a “Nancy Kerrigan” on Conan. Here’s what she said:
I’m glad I’m not in late night, because it seems like they throw everybody to the wolves, including their own. It was really a crappy move on Leno’s part … Classless and kind of career-defining, if you ask me.
Oh, but there’s so much more. Usually, this writer doesn’t like block-quoting something this long, but when it’s this good, it’s just the right thing to do. Bring a bookmark in case you need to take a breather:
He knew for five years that it was time to make another plan, and instead he tried a Nancy Kerrigan, right? He tried to take a bat; at least Gillooly, you know, took a pipe and did it; didn’t do it and go, ‘Uh, I don’t know who hit her.’ It was you, you’re the one who hit him, right in the knee. And, ‘He didn’t have the ratings’ — possibly, Jay, because you were his lead-in. Possibly. I don’t know. I think in the old days of showbiz you could feign ignorance, but today with the Internet, no way. There’s no way people are going to buy the crap anymore.”
Still following? Rosie keeps going:
I heard him going, ‘I had five months, I wanted them to let me out of my contract.’ For five months, Jay? If you got another job in the five months, all that would happen is that NBC would stop paying you, and the new company would start paying you. It wasn’t the big tragedy that he made it. And his staff had five years to get another job. Meanwhile, Conan moved his family across the country, and his entire staff, to get a shot at what he worked seventeen years for, only to have it taken away by the bully on the playground who doesn’t want to let go and be 60.”
I can’t say that I’m the biggest Rosie fan, but I can’t say I disagree with anything she’s said here, either. This whole debacle has really divided people– particularly those in the comedy industry– and it’s likely that the whole thing won’t just die down any time soon. Immediately following this commentary, Rosie O’Donnell was placed back into her “Safety Box” and given a soothing glass of tranquilized milk to ease her into a blissful sleep. See? Not every story about Conan has a sad ending.
If you want to read some other things that Rosie O’Donnell had to say about the Conan situation, there’s more over at The Huffington Post. If you’ve had enough, stay tuned to the Comedy Examiner for more on the “Late Night Wars” situation in the near future. Hit the “Subscribe” button up top to get all the Comedy Examiner’s articles delivered straight to your email, free of charge, the moment they’re published. While you’re waiting on the next one, check out some of these other recent Comedy Examiner articles:
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