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TMZ Poll Apparently Hacked - Conan the Bad Guy

1/18/2010 9:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, Jeff Zucker poll we put up -- Who's the Bad Guy? -- has been hacked ... according to some people who work over at NBC.


There has indeed been a seismic shift over the last few hours. Here are the facts:

9:30
AM ET today -- Only 5% of users voted for Conan. Zucker was in the lead. Jay was second.

7:20 PM ET. A huge turnaround. Conan is the bad guy, with 40%. And, the number of people who have voted exploded in the last two hours -- it went from just over 200,000 to 547,000.

A cynical NBC source scoffs at the tampering allegation, telling TMZ, "NBC couldn't get it together fast enough to know how to do that."

We're checking to see if the poll has been hacked.

UPDATE: 8:42 PM ET THE POLL IS GOING CRAZY!!! With nearly a million votes, Zucker now leads with 49%. Jay is second with 26%. Conan has 25%.

UPDATE 11:42 PM ET More than 2 million votes.

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31.

Jeremy    

Must be a REALLY slow day for celebrity news...

1740 days ago
32.

Tom Farrell    

Comment about restricting one vote per IP address is flawed. A web server cannot directly access the dynamic web address assigned by user's ISP. Generally, the closest a website can come to locating a user would be the fixed IP address assigned to the particular node by which the user (and a lot of other users) connect to their ISP. I believe, however, there are mechanisms by which to limit voting to one per user.

1740 days ago
33.

sickofittoo    

THIS BALD FOUR EYED FOOL AND THE ENORMOUS CHINNED MORON, THEY ARE SO EGOTISTICAL , SO FULL OF THEMSELVES AND SO GREEDY.
THEIR TIME WILL COME ... JUST SIT BACK , RELAX AND ENJOY THE SHOW.
TO THE ABOVE POSTER NBC= NOTHING BUT CRAP, YOU NAILED IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD , NBC IS THE WORST OUT OF THE FOUR .

1740 days ago
34.

John    

Wow, Jeff Zucker's portrayal as an evil boss in the "Pale Force" cartoons wasn't such an exaggeration after all!

1740 days ago
35.

DeeWA2009    

I was WONDERING what the heck was going on earlier today when I voted, then saw the complete flip-flop in voting from yesterday. Today's article was saying Conan was acting like a baby, but I still thought the total swing was STRANGE....

1740 days ago
36.

Sad sad    

I was wondering wth

1740 days ago
37.

Sad sad    

Zucker at 60% sucka

1740 days ago
38.

Anonymous    

LOL @ the name $ociologist. More liek $CIENTOLOGIST amirite?

1740 days ago
39.

urban    

Want the real stats? Add Zucker and Jay's percentages together. So that means:

86% - NBC (Jay and Zucker)

15% - Conan

Instead of keeping it between Jay and Conan, they added Zucker to split votes from Conan supporters. It's called "ballot tampering". But it doesn't matter anyway... Everyone knows that Conan is the good guy!

TEAM CONANDO!!!!!!!!!!!!

1740 days ago
40.

Wild Willie    


I voted for Leno. I think Leno and Zucker got some type of crazy
voting technique going on to make Conan the bad guy.

Conan is not the bad guy. He brought his family and friends across
country to do what he loves!

1740 days ago
41.

Ginna    

NBC has done this for years. Their Days of Our Lives polls always showed the worst couple ever to be our favorite. The result was low, low ratings. Finally, they fired them after 10 long miserable years and Days now has fantastic ratings. I'm not surprised NBC is still doing this.

1740 days ago
42.

Interracial facial    

If Jay gets blamed for this, what's left of his career won't survive the backlash. NBC was playing musical talk show schedules with Leno's career due to ageism. Despite a generation defined by mediocrity, the bean counter suits still think that youth is where the money's at even when kids have too many options like drugs, partying, the Internet or video games. 40 something baby boomers are the number one largest demographic group in America. But you'd never know it from the ageist media. They still kiss ass to an invisible market that's not even there. If it were, they would have all watched Conan and Jay would have been the fall guy.

1740 days ago
43.

Lindsay    

# 84.

You are a SICK, SICK MAN! Get some help. People like you, who breed hate, need to be sent in for a complete mental evaluation! Obviously you are missing decent human compassion. JUST LIKE A PSYCHOPATH. HOW DARE YOU JUDGE SOMEONE BASED MERELY ON THIER SEXUAL PREFERENCE. You are a closed minded, ignorant fool, who hides behind your computer. Say that to Harvey's face, I DARE YOU! You weak, WORTHLESS excuse for a HUMAN BEING!

1740 days ago
44.

sickofittoo    

Hhahahaha Lindsay Lohan above is blowing a gasket .
Did # 84 touch a nerve or what ?!?
I happen to think #84 is hysterical and you apparently made 84's statements all the more real, get help sweetheart OR...have another drink.
Plenty of people have said statements to Harvey's face and you know what he does ? He retaliates like a little girl by digging smut on those people and posting it all over the blog , so if anyone deserves to be burned at the stake,it's the old queen himself.
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

1740 days ago
45.

sickofittoo    

Dear God,

Please let Jay fail miserably
Please let Jay fail miserably
Please let Jay fail miserably

Amen

1740 days ago
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