On Monday, Conan O’Brien was given the keys to one of the best jobs in television. The Tonight Show has been going strong since 1954 and is one of the longest running shows ever. It was first hosted by Steve Allen, then Jack Parr (very shortly), followed by the masterful Johnny Carson, and finally Jay Leno. The producers should have left the show with people that have a first name beginning with “J” since Conan simply doesn’t have what it takes.
It is interesting that Conan took the job over from Leno where he comes from taking the David Letterman vacated show. Letterman was upset that he didn’t take over for Carson and left to form a show on a rival network. Leno and Letterman have been battling for the entire time and Leno consistently won. Now it appears that Letterman will easily have the upper hand since there is no way the very un-funny O’Brien can compete.