The situation going on between Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno is a perfect example of the ungraciousness of the Me generation. Leno is willing to displace two other shows to keep a tiny piece of the spotlight which only makes him look desperate for attention. He would rather hang on by his weak fingernails going out in a sad burp rather than with the graciousness of other generations who gladly trained and handed over the torch to the next in line.
Leno is a perfect characterization of all those who refused to step aside, train and mentor those coming up to allow the world to progress. Instead this generation would (granted these are extreme people, not everyone in this generation is this way) would rather cut their heads off and freeze them in hopes of some miraculous cure manifesting in the next several thousand years so they can be re-animated. It’s my opinion that the O’Brien vs. Leno situation will inevitably touch the raw nerve of all those who have been displaced by the executive that failed upward, the incompetent boob who was moved to one’s department because no one wanted him, and his contract was just too good for the company to fight.
If I were Jay Leno I would not take the NBC offer, but rather be a bigger and less needy man, and if I really couldn’t stand to be out of the public spotlight, I would show some dignity and respect for my fellow comics by moving my show to an outside situation, ie. another network in a different time slot. Let’s not forget that Leno has already been the centerpiece of a similar scandal 17 years ago when he went up against Letterman. But on top of everything Conan’s whole staff (and him) just uprooted their families to move from one coast to the next to have the rug ripped out from under them because Leno couldn’t carry the ridiculous and unrealistic expectations of NBC.
It’s my prediction that if NBC continues down their current path and freakishly idiotic programing schedule, they can expect a further down-slide in ratings, a dive in their stock and eventual financial ruin. This is a horrible mistake for NBC executives, GE and those who are stock holders. This ridiculousness just shows the stupidity of thinking at this network. Sad as NBC has historically always been of high-caliber until recently.
And please support and pray for the people of Haiti…
Oh, and I wanted to say that the crazy vision I had I’m still trying to work out. The problem with being psychic is often things come in the form of metaphor mixed with literal things and it’s almost impossible to decipher often until it is too late. However, if given more time I usually can get it together but due to the urgency of the situation in Haiti I felt it best to show the crude form of information I was getting despite risking looking nutso.