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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.

112 COMMENTS

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91.

Niraha    

Of course it's been messed with, an intern/page admitted it in the comments.
Team CoCo is winning, and NBC can't handle it.
Why else would they basically turn off the phone lines like they have?

1700 days ago
92.

Sam    

You can view the actual numbers of the poll at:

http://webcenter.polls.aol.com/modular.jsp?resType=7&view=182732&pollId=183024

20 % Jay 121964
36 % Conan 223834
44 % Zucker 279619

Jay and Zucker are now being voted up like crazy, previously Conan was at record speeds.

1700 days ago
93.

Robyn    

Anyone who really gives a crap about this has NO LIFE whatsoever. Seriously, who CARES?????????? None of these talk show hosts have an audience anymore. They all suck!!

1700 days ago
94.

Anon    

Kudoes to TMZ for not jumping on the shift as a story and seeing it for what it was. People are not suddenly against Conan, that would be ridiculous. The vast majority have been very supportive of Conan because he's the underdog and NBC execs have made such antagonistic comments.

1700 days ago
95.

chichi    

Well...I enjoy Leno...Conan is ok too...but why is it that everytime there is a dispute whoever has the O in the name is the victim...I gotta O in my name and I hate the way O'donnel and O'brien have to be the poor sad one...crying all the way to the bank. Get over it already... it's business...not personal and move on that's life!

1700 days ago
96.

hmmm    

Conando is bald. **gasp*** this whole time I was on his side because of his fabulous hair,,, imagine my surprise when I find it was a false ginger head rug.

1700 days ago
97.

thesergio    

My guess is that people aren't reading what the poll is for and are simply "voting" for Conan.

1700 days ago
98.

meh    

f5, re-vote....

When's this site going to get an actual login and avatars so you can only click once?

1700 days ago
99.

excretive producer    

That does it, I'm all for TMZ's move to the 11:35 slot!

1700 days ago
100.

PolarBear    

Harvey is responsible. He's tied in to Zucker like laces on a shoe. Always looking for maximum attention, like a fart in a crystal ball, which pretty much describes Zucker and his morbid team at NBC. Zucker will be removed.

1700 days ago
101.

CP361    

I luv the polls!

1700 days ago
102.

Pitseleh    

THESE IDIOTS AT NBC THINK THAT CONAN BASHING THEM AT ANOTHER NETWORK IS ACTUALLY BAD FOR NBC! NBC'S REPUTATION IS ALREADY DOWN THE TOILET. AT THIS POINT, ANY PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY!

1700 days ago
103.

Stella    

Leno is probably voting for Conan along with Zucker and Ebersol and
TMZ shamelessly are back-stabbing Conan by not getting r of this stupid poll.

1700 days ago
104.

Marketing $ociologist    

TMZ is so addle minded. This is SO easy to explain. Conan's fans are strippers, pimps, ho's, and drug abusers who don't get up until like 5 p.m. Hence the shift in the polls. Why couldn't you peeps figure that out? That's why gym use is so high right around 5 p.m.

1700 days ago
105.

hahaha    

After hearing this I set up a script to combat NBC, I'm getting about 28,800 votes an hour towards him.

1700 days ago
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