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Conan O'Brien at TBS -- Coco Signs of Success

6/14/2010 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Conan O'Brien met with TBS execs this morning in Hotlanta -- and if the crazy "Welcome Home" signs are any clue, network employees couldn't be happier that Coco is playing on their team.

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It all went down before lunchtime today at the network's headquarters -- where an insane crowd of TBS employees went ballistic to welcome their newest star.

0614_coco_small_launch_youtubeConan took the mic to address the mob, saying, "Thank you for welcoming me to your home." He added, "We are going to make great television ... and I'm not talking about my show."

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Robert    

No they haven't moved on, they are still trashing and bashing Leno with every breath. YOU coconuts need to get over it!!! Get a life please.

1406 days ago
17.

Nicole    

@Robert
HAHAHA ummm I've yet to see any Leno bashing on this thread...you seem to have plenty of hate for Team Coco though...what were you saying about who needs to move on???

1406 days ago
18.

Steven Colbert    

@Robert
LOL only ppl who would come here to claim Conans whining or some **** are trolls, middle aged females or old people who just dont get it. Why read comments on TMZ, home of lurking s*** of the world

1406 days ago
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L    

QUIT CALLING IT HOTLANTA!!!

1406 days ago
20.

Nate    

Well, the NBC interns have been busy this morning, I see. Well, here are THE FACTS...



The following is from this website.
http://karnagekreations.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/anti-conan-arguments-debunked/
This is not my work, but rather the work of Karnage Korner




"Recently I watched the 60 minutes interview with Conan O’Brien. And I enjoyed it. I feel for the guy. As should anyone who has human decency and really *gets* it. But some of the same comments and talking points keep being brought up and it’s driving me crazy. Some of these are:




“Stop whining Conan!”




Stop whining? Conan just did his first interview on the subject. It’s basically the equivalent of someone who lost their loved one and stopped talking and after 4 months he started talking about how he felt and people yell at him “Stop whining about it!” Seriously? This is word one on the record from him about it. Also, “Stop whining?” When has he whined? If anything, he’s been TOO classy about it, not wanted to come off as anything but happy go lucky and fine. If I were him I’d be pissed off and everyone would know it. And yet these stop whining remarks exist. It’s amazing ignorance of the situation.




“I can’t feel bad for him. He got 30 million”




Wow, you must be extremely shallow. Yes, losing a job and getting 30 million is fantastic. But Conan didn’t lose a job. He lost a dream. Only 4 other men have been where he has, and it was snatched away from him after only 7 months. Imagine a Star Wars fan being cast as the main hero in a Star Wars movie, only to have it taken away from you, for inaccurate out of date data and by some old guy who just won’t let go despite being too old for the part and having essentially stole it in the first place through shady and borderline unethical ways, forcing a legend out and betraying a “friend”. Imagine being pulled up from the minor leagues to be the next Babe Ruth, only to have it taken away. People like Conan, people with artistic integrity and dreams; they don’t care about the money. Would you? What is your dream? Would you feel happy go lucky if you lost it but got a huge payout? If that’s the case, what else would you be willing to do or give up for 30 million? Kill your wife? Screw over your best friend? This whole argument is being said by people who either don’t understand the situation or seriously value money above anything else.




And if you still don’t think he got screwed, these people sure did:
(Picture of the entire "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" staff)




“He sucked and he got thrown off the air. It’s his fault”




Actually, no. It was Leno’s lead in show, the Jay Leno show, that brought down the ratings. For one, no one who really enjoyed Leno would have a reason to switch to Conan-Leno is still there. The Tonight show basically moved. So a lot of Leno’s audience presumably went with him. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, do you think if Johnny Carson had a show at 10 pm, that Leno would have a chance? Of course not. Also, Conan’s ratings were not the problem-no one was complaining, and it took Leno 3 years to get things going for his show-Conan had 7 months. It was Leno’s show that was the problem, the affiliates were complaining about his low ratings bringing down the news casts and were threatening to just preempt it. This also resolves a side argument-people who don’t believe lead-ins are important. NBC canceled the Jay Leno Show, while it was making money, because it created a bad lead in for the news. That’s a fact. So Conan’s show suffered as well. Also, the only data being used for ratings is the Nielson ratings, an out of date process where it only counts certain families homes and TV’s with Nielson boxes. So some who watched the show weren’t counted, and other who watched the show on TIVO or on the internet (Remember, Conan’s viewers are a younger internet savvy demographic) weren’t counted either. So the ratings were actually higher. So Conan’s show was not bad, he didn’t fail, and I’m sick of seeing this.




Also, Leno did worse and got the tonight show back. Same logic applies. Also, Leno is now doing ratings very close to those of Conan’s, and he’s still on the air. So the people who say it was Conan’s fault, it wasn’t. It was Jay Leno and the Jay Leno show. If I gave more credit to Leno, I’d say he had a diabolical plan to get back the tonight show by sabotaging Conan’s show.




“Don’t’ blame Jay blame NBC”




Yes NBC is to blame. But Jay is far from innocent. Jay lied about retiring, instead waiting until the 5 years he was given was up to basically say “Hey give me a show or I go somewhere else.” Then his excuse was it was to keep his staff working. The staff had 5 years to figure something out. What about Conan’s staff who was uprooted from New York to LA who obviously will now have a hard time adjusting and have no west coast contacts. What about the thousands of staffers that won’t have work doing drama’s in the 10 PM lineup that were always there. If Leno had a show at 10 in 1992-2009, there may not have been Friends, ER, Seinfeld, Will and Grace, just to name a few. Leno also publicly stated he’d take the tonight show back from Conan if offered, if Jay was an “Honorable” man he’d leave like he said he would and let Conan have his time, his lead-ins, and the Tonight Show audience. But no, he lobbied for his own show and he lobbied for Conan’s spot, pushing O’Brien off the air, and claiming he’s really the victim in all of this. It’s disgusting.




“Leno was pushed off the air first!”




As far as I’m concerned, that seat never belonged to Jay as he maneuvered into it by outing Johnny Carson and stealing it from Letterman, who was patiently waiting for it, because he is an honorable man. Jay forced NBC’s hand, and got the job, and didn’t thank Johnny Carson on his first show. Also, the Tonight Show is not the Jay Leno show, it was time for a new, younger host to take over, otherwise Conan would have left 6 years ago to do his own show and Leno would eventually lose as Leno’s older audience died off, or Leno himself. Plus, you can’t equate Leno’s run with Conan’s. What’s Leno going to say “I only had the show for 17 years!” Conan had it for 7 months. He’s roughly 29 times more screwed than Leno. So if people are going to use Leno being screwed first to justify O’Brien’s outing, you have to then go back to Carson and Letterman’s outing.




“Conan is a hypocrite for bumping Lopez back an hour just like Jay did to him!”




There are a number of differences. First, Conan did not want to move the Tonight Show back, because of the Tonight Show franchise. The Tonight Show has held the 11:30 time slot for over 30 years, O’Brien did not want to be a part of the destruction of the franchise by it being moved back for another comedy program, or move back Jimmy Fallon or Carson Daly. Leno jumped on the opportunity. Also, O’Brien was originally against the TBS deal, until George Lopez gave his blessing. Also, George Lopez had a show for 1 year. O’Brien had a late night show for 17 years, there is no comparison in what Leno did to what Conan did, especially considering how Leno handled it compared to Conan. Conan cares about the people involved, Leno only cares about getting his spot, no matter who or what it would have hurt.




“All Conan had to do was move back a half hour and everything would be fine!”




As I mentioned before, this wasn’t an ego thing, it was to preserve the integrity of the Tonight Show. Conan worked after Leno for 17 years, 5 of which he did to get the Tonight Show that was promised to him. But to move the “tonight” show into “tomorrow” is unacceptable. And this isn’t just a Conan thing, the king of late night, Johnny Carson, had attempted to block moving the show from 11:30 to 11:35. 5 minutes. It only got moved once it was his last year, as he had lost a lot of power within NBC. Want some more perspective? Former Tonight Show host Jack Paar once left the tonight show too, in the middle of a live show. Why? Because he made a joke about a “water closet” that got censored. A water closet is a bathroom essentially, in 1960......’s lingo. He later returned around a month later.




So Conan left, after being disrespected, lied to , and with the threat of moving back the Tonight show 6 times further than Carson wanted, then being censored for months from talking bad about NBC. Conan just basically got the all in one package of Tonight Show screw jobs, 10 times over. It would have been tremendous disrespect to those former legends and to the franchise of the Tonight Show if he had stayed.




There’s one more argument that’s been coming up, and I don’t know why. People saying Conan is ugly. First of all, you’re using that as a reason to prefer Jay Big Chin Leno?




Also, calling him a spoiled brat, whiner etc. and it’s just plain rude. Conan O’Brien is one of the nicest guys in all of entertainment, one of the nicest guys in general. During this whole debacle, he had an army of pissed off viewers ready to go to war, and he told them not to be cynical, that he was fine, and to be kind. He basically preached peace and love to his followers and disarmed them, taking an amazing high road. O’Brien left the Tonight Show to preserve its integrity, which Leno apparently cares nothing about, as he accepted the deal to push back the Tonight Show, without even contacting O’Brien. Conan lost his dream, his love, and there are some who kick him while he is down. It truly saddens me that some people have so little compassion and so much uncalled for hate and rudeness. I’ve said this a hundred times, I don’t care if people genuinely don’t like him for his comedy, but these people are attacking him personally, and I just don’t understand that.




So, those are the factual counterpoints to these arguments, I realize some people making them truly have no idea of the situation and are just stating what they think with the knowledge they have, but ignorance is no excuse for misplaced anger or trash talk. Enjoy being informed.

1406 days ago
21.

Joan    

Put some pants on and get out of your parents basement and get a life moron.

1405 days ago
22.

Millyboo    

He rocks..love red head sexies...Michael Jackson would be happy to see this guy take on media

1404 days ago
23.

Nate    

Well, the Joan, I do not know a single adult who is a Conan fan who lives with their parents. Before you make baseless comments, oull your head out of your @ss. BTW, your response lacking in anything other than insults not only demonstrates your low level of intelligence, but also how lifeless you are.

1404 days ago
24.

Robert    

Nate
You don't know Jack ****, what morons on these comments.

1404 days ago
25.

Joseph Paul    

He is a good writer but an idiot on stage. He acts like a child with his stupid moves and dumb bits. He could never come close to Leno with the mature audience of the Tonight Show. I'm surprised that Carson didn't come back to life to save his show. Now what's up with CoCo,sounds like a chimp in the zoo. Perhaps that is where he belongs.

1404 days ago
26.

Nate    

The Robert, and the Joseph Paul...
How much does NBC pay you two interns to type complete nonsence. Is it the true that there are this many completely lifeless and un-inte;;igent people in our country!? You watch Lamo, and your calling me childish!? HAHAHAHA!!! FAIL!

1403 days ago
27.

HeyHeyHey    

I got so sick of hearing about their feud when watching the news. They are both multi-millionaires who are laughing their way to the bank. I thought it was hilarious how these people were SO into team conan and team leno. WTF? Who cares about these arrogant yuppies. They probably could care less about their fans as long as they are getting paid.

1399 days ago
28.

MattSky.com    

Check out this Joel Godard interview about his time over at Late Night. http://www.atom.com/funny_videos/3EFBFFFF01D7A053001700FC8E95/

1394 days ago
29.

Nate    

Well, heyheyhey...Conan would have had alot more money had he agreed to move the Tonight (in violation of a writen contract) to 12:05AM. He instead chose to leave the show to protect its history, and to not be "a part of its distruction". he os also coninueing to pay his staffers and employees out of his own packet. As a matter of fact, he has packeted NO money at all from this tour, its all going to support all of his staff! if it really was about money, however, Conan could have taken this whole thing into a California courtroom and he would have won a HUGE victory of anywhere up to $100 million!

1394 days ago
30.

Mick    

I try to give all the talk show hosts a chance. A lot of times they’re interchangeable with cheesy jokes and bad segments. For me, it’s always depended on who the guest is. Do I want to see a Al Roker on Leno or a Bill Murray on Letterman? Do I want to see Ryan Seacreast on Letterman or Adam Sandlar on Leno? It’s always been the same thing. But I really think it’s starting to change. The new faces to late night are making their own identities strong and for the first time in memory I find myself a little disappointed when I miss my daily dose of Craig Feurgeson, Chelsea, and Lopez. The rest, it still varies. Here’s an interesting take on the entire late night situation: http://www.digitallizardproductions.com/daily-fournication-07.16.10--new-kings-of-late-night.html

1374 days ago
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