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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:25 PM
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NBC asked Conan O'Brien to book a certain celebrity during his "Tonight Show" tenure ...he refused
Conan OBrien refused to book Sarah Palin on NBC Tonight Show

November 18, 2010



http://www.beatweek.com/news/7564-conan-obrien-refused-... /

Conan OBrien stood up to NBC in a number of ways during his brief Tonight Show run, regularly ignoring suggestions from the network on how to boost his ratings, but one act of defiance stands out in particular: Conan declined to book Sarah Palin as a guest, even after the network asked him to. The former republican vice presidential candidate, former republican governor of Alaska, and current Fox News employee was never booked on Conans Tonight Show, says NY Times reporter Bill Carter in a chat with PopEater, as OBrien blocked the move. Palin has become a champion among extremist conservatives but is generally considered a patently offensive pariah by both liberals and moderates.

Suffice to say that Palin will never surface as a guest on Conan OBriens new TBS show either, as Conan ostensibly has even more control over this new show than he ever did at NBC. Interestingly, after NBC ran Conan out of town and Jay Leno was given back the Tonight Show, Leno immediately booked Palin as a first-week guest despite continual claims on Lenos part that his show is politically neutral.
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:28 PM
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1. Way to go Conan!
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:35 AM
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88. +1
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HipChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:29 PM
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2. Team Conan
Leno is boring as hell
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:26 PM
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29. Who is Leno?
:shrug:
























:hi: -"just kidding!"
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 11:05 PM
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66. Palin runs high only becuase she never submits to anyone who might challenge her
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 11:07 PM
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67. She knows as does her staff that informed people would expose her as an idiot and fool
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 11:08 PM
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69. Which is why she only twitters, goes on FOX or hate radio and attends no debates
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 11:11 PM
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71. She is off limits to MSM yet her tremendous egomakes her think she could be presidental beauty queen
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:30 PM
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3. Conan rules!!!
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:31 PM
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4. K&R Bravo, Conan! n/t
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:33 PM
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5. Good on ya, Conan!
I like his new show, will like it even more knowing this!
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TheIdiot Donating Member (260 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:37 PM
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9. Me, too...
just might double-down on his advertisers... switch to Bing and buy TWO Chevy Cruzes!
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:35 PM
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6. Something stinks to high heaven at NBC headquarters.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:41 PM
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10. That was my primary reason for posting...
...as well as the intention behind the way I constructed my subject line. In light of the Olbermann incident...and now Scarborough...it seems that we are seeing a trend that's been developing for a while.

:patriot:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:40 AM
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90. what happened with Scarborough? Missed that one..
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:28 AM
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97. He was also given a "four day weekend" becuase of his political contributions
Not much to the story other than that...the same thing that happened to Olbermann, a two-day slap on the wrist.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:50 PM
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13. Reminds me of Donohue.
This is the company that launched Ronald Reagan's political career and they have the same basic philosophy.
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lunasun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:26 PM
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38. I think David letterman could tell you what that smell is nt
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:35 PM
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7. Leno's show is NOT politically neutral, by any standard.
People forget that he had ARNOLD SCHWARZENNEGER ANNOUNCING HIS REPUBLICAN CANDIDACY THE FIRST WEEK ON THE TONIGHT SHOW!!!! :argh:

(apologies for all caps - it's necessary to get my point across)
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:47 PM
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12. Not only that...on the coup d'Enron election night in Cali
Edited on Sun Nov-21-10 04:25 PM by Ken Burch
Jay INTRODUCED Arnold at his campaign HQ as he rose to give his acceptance speech.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 05:19 PM
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21. *AND* he had Arnold on recently to talk about his last days in office.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:37 PM
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8. i have never been much of a fan of conan's humor... but i applaud him for standing up
to nbc. and i am even less likely than i was before to watch leno..... and i don't watch leno. he isn't very funny in my opinion. kudos to conan.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:41 PM
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11. He would have chewed her up and spit her out
had he been forced to have the twit on his show.

The NBC poobahs should have been damned grateful he refused.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 04:05 PM
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14. NBC probably gave Leno another classic car.
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DarthDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 04:14 PM
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15. Way to Go Conan . . . and LOL at Leno

Awesome, Conan. Not too often these days that you see someone so willing to stand up to corporate overlords. Extremely, extremely courageous. Way to go.

As for Leno scrambling to book Palin as fast as his fat little fingers could dial her flacks - - completely as expected. A total, complete, utter shill for whomever he perceives to be the master. I'll never forget how, during the writer's strike, Leno said he would pay all of the Tonight Show staff - - then failed to follow through. He was eventually shamed into doing so through adverse media reports, like the coward he is. Meanwhile, Letterman paid not only everyone from his show but everyone from Craig Ferguson's show (which he owns), without any fanfare or desired self-publicity.

Leno is a piece of dung.

Again, WTG Conan!!!!!
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 04:22 PM
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16. i`d like to see sarah on ferguson ......
that would be surreal.
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 05:37 PM
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24. ...being interviewed by Geoff. :)

Geoff feigns disinterest as Ferguson interviews a guest.

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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:03 PM
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35. "I'm sorry; that's not in my contract, Craig."
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 02:53 AM
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78. !
:rofl:
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HipChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 05:38 PM
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25. Ironically before she hit the big-time, she tried to get on Craig's show..she was always media seeki
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Kceres Donating Member (839 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 04:26 PM
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17. Well, I've tried to like Conan and this will help.
Tried as I might, I've just never found him all that funny. However, now that I have this new information I will make an extra effort to seek out his new show.
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 04:31 PM
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18. Good for him! Figures about Leno, though. n/t
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 04:35 PM
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19. Everyone knows that the corporate bosses at M$Greedia
are Lady Blah Blah's chief promoters. Fuck them.

Bravo Conan. :yourock:
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 05:00 PM
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20. Conan!
:yourock:

nbc, not so much. :puke:
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IEATNEWT Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 05:22 PM
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22. alright conan!!
to bad your show sucks though
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 05:34 PM
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23. Oh that liberally-biased NBC.
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 05:40 PM
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26. good for him n t
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JTG of the PRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:02 PM
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27. Way to go, Conan!
Good for him! :applause:
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:13 PM
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28. Interesting
You always wonder whether some particular guest is ACTUALLY invited by the host of the show.

Here's the real litmus test, though. Would Johnny Carson have invited Palin on his how?
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MindandSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:35 PM
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30. That information will make me a more faithful viewer of Conan!
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Exultant Democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:41 PM
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31. John Stewart picked the worst time for his Rachel interview. I'm with CoCo now.
Considering Conan's ratings I'm not the only 18-35 year old liberal who made the switch.
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:50 PM
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32. Leno is a notorious republican... (n/t)
Edited on Sun Nov-21-10 06:51 PM by ProudDad
on edit: Oh, and like that other notorious right-winger, Dennis Miller, Leno is not funny...

I miss Steve Allen and Jack Parr...
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lunasun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:22 PM
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36. not funny and outright repub based on his monologues I have heard(not many)
yea Steve Allen do not think he would have a show these days
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 08:03 PM
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45. Yep, they'd say now that
both he and Parr are just too "wordy" and "literate"...

Not entertaining at all...
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redirish28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:53 PM
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33. Good for Conan.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 06:58 PM
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34. Fiery redheads are more scary than pit bulls with lipstick and mama grizzlies
:scared:
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:26 PM
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37. A+ for Team Coco.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:35 PM
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39. Ah, that damn liberal media again.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:40 PM
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40. It wasn't because Conan is a partisan hack or anything like that.
It's because he likes to have guests on that are smarter than a sack of rocks.
Conan is a lot sharper than most of his tv counterparts gave him credit.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:54 PM
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44. I remember his first show, with John Goodman as the guest...
...it was awkward, to be sure, and Goodman deserves a lot of credit for being a cool and laid-back guest. Lorne Michaels had faith in his ability to do the show from the beginning, and while he still may not be everyone's cup of tea, I'll take his quirkiness over Leno's obsessive desire to constantly please his masters any day.

:toast:
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savalez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:42 PM
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41. Conan rocks! His TBS show is awesome. Way better.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:45 PM
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42. Conan is a GOOD man!!
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DiehardLiberal Donating Member (111 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:51 PM
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43. Yep - CoCo Rocks!
So glad he is back - he's a class act!
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 08:23 PM
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46. For once, Conan does something good. Besides boring people to sleep.
:-)

Leno's still better, but good for Conan anyway.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 08:35 PM
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47. Way to go, Conan! I'm sorry it cost you so much, though.
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newtothegame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 08:46 PM
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48. Sorry but DU is going downhill...
I swear, half the time the "Greatest Post" is about some Hollywood celebrity.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:17 PM
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57. Time for the sock puppet




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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:25 PM
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59. LOL...I love this
I may have to swipe this for future use.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 02:45 PM
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109. ROFL!!!
:rofl: :spray: :applause:
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:35 PM
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65. This isn't TMZ.
But this does explain a lot about why Conan got ousted as the host of the Tonight Show - talk about partisan politics.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:24 AM
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93. And that's why this didn't go in The Lounge or the Enterainmnent Forum...
...because it's about the politics behind the incident, not "Hey look, everybody...it's a clip of Conan with the masturbating bear."

But I think the sock puppet has gone a long way toward healing any misunderstandings.
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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:55 AM
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99. And the other half are you saying "WE ONLY ELECTED OBAMA BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK!"
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Dave From Canada Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 09:09 PM
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49. Conan had Sarah Palin on his Late Night show. Her and William Shatner read from eachothers books.
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itsallhappening Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:34 PM
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64. That WAS the Tonight show.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:04 AM
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92. Ooops!
Inconvenient little clip there for the myth. Oh well. I don't doubt Conan was at least a little sick to his stomach.

My eyebrows raised over the the idea in the OP that it's counter to political neutrality to have a Republican on your show, even a psychobagger one like Palin. Leno is only interested in numbers of viewers. There's political neutrality for you.
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deacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 09:11 PM
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50. A way for him to avoid infringement. O'donnell and Palin on at the same time. Masturbating
Edited on Sun Nov-21-10 09:12 PM by deacon
Grizzly Bears. :)
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 09:13 PM
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51. Actually, she did appear on his show once with William Shatner:
Edited on Sun Nov-21-10 09:14 PM by Starbucks Anarchist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM-mgBvCJmo

She may not have been a guest on the couch, but she did make an appearance.
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Blasphemer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 09:28 PM
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52. Interesting... explains a lot.... nt
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de novo Donating Member (590 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 09:30 PM
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53. Thata boy, I knew there was a reason I liked him.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 09:32 PM
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54. So that's how Leno bought his job. Interesting. A political favor?
Or is Leno just more subservient, more compliant?
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 09:40 PM
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55. Then how come I remember when Palin was on his show?
Conan apparently compromised.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:10 PM
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56. "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," not "The Tonight Show."
The story is about his time on The Tonight Show. She was in a comedy bit on "Late Night." NBC asked him to have her on the Tonight Show and he said "no." He didn't compromise. He said "no."
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itsallhappening Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:23 PM
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58. Nope. It was The Tonight Show.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 12:01 AM
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74. She was never a 'guest.' No chair. No interview. nt
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itsallhappening Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:33 AM
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87. Right. Just correcting the record. It was The Tonight Show.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 11:09 PM
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70. No, it was on the Tonight Show during Conan's reign:
Edited on Sun Nov-21-10 11:10 PM by Starbucks Anarchist
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itsallhappening Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:32 PM
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63. His ratings sucked, so he had her on The Tonight Show.
There has to be way more to this story, if it's a story at all.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 11:59 PM
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73. She was never on there as a guest to push her agenda.
No interview. He wouldn't let her.



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itsallhappening Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:32 AM
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86. "He wouldn't let her." That's what you want to believe.
Edited on Mon Nov-22-10 07:35 AM by itsallhappening
There's no proof of that, and it actually makes no sense.

If Conan had been refusing to do what his employers wanted him to do, that would have been cause for terminating his contract and NBC wouldn't have had to pay him $40 million to walk away.

Was NBC just stupid or something?
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 11:36 AM
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101. The terms of the contract would spell out how much control...
the corporation owners versus the contract employees have over the content of the show. So it is possible that even if he refused, they would not have a right to fire him.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:26 PM
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60. Conan Rocks!
:yourock:

:loveya:
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:29 PM
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61. Coco is King. nt
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 10:31 PM
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62. Coco is my late-night hero...
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 11:08 PM
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68. great. nt
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Swampguana Donating Member (361 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 12:10 AM
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75. Good for you
Definitely the right choice. Ratings aren't worth having her involved with anything.
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nonconformist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 12:12 AM
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76. Yet another reason to love Conan.
Coco is all kinds of awesome.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 01:08 AM
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77. THANK YOU CONAN
:thumbsup:
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 02:57 AM
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79. I'm with CoCo!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 03:22 AM
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80. When I read this I pictured
Edited on Mon Nov-22-10 03:28 AM by Enthusiast
Conan trying to deal with Palin on his old NBC program. I just couldn't do it. He would have had to suspend all his normal faculties. Leno is an entirely different cat. No one should be forced to endure Palin. Cruel and unusual punishment.
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Norrin Radd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 03:36 AM
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81. Cool.
Been watching Conan since his first episode of Late Night.
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Yeahyeah Donating Member (741 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 04:00 AM
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82. GE paid him 100's of millions even though he juuust wouldn't do what they wanted.
Please stop.
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itsallhappening Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:36 AM
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89. Exactly. People WANT this story to be true so they're
ignoring the problems with it, mainly: If Conan had been refusing to do what his employers wanted him to do, that would have been cause for terminating his contract and NBC wouldn't have had to pay him $40 million to walk away.
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DefenseLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 02:08 PM
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108. He probably had final say over bookings in his contract
If that was the case he would have been merely ignoring their "suggestions" not violating his contract.
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Yeahyeah Donating Member (741 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 03:07 PM
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110. a couple of things I remember about O'Brien is him bowing to dennis Miller like he was a god a few
years ago and this-

Has Conan O'Brien ever apologized to Hans Blix?

At the time before the Iraq War, Conan O'Brien introduced a running gag on "Late Night" where he had a Hans Blix look-alike search for things that were "hidden in plain sight", obviously alluding to the fact that the weapons inspector Hans Blix was assumed to be too stupid to find the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. This segment of the show was clearly designed to ridicule Hans Blix, who was perceived to be too stupid to find things that should be very easy to find.

As we now know, the weapons of mass destruction really did not exist, and Hans Blix was most definitely not as stupid as portrayed by O'Brien.

So the question is: Was O'Brien ever man enough to apologize to Hans Blix? I stopped watching the show around the time when that segment appeared, so I don't know if O'Brien ever actually said that he is sorry for portraying Blix as a stupid idiot. Did he? Or has he ever said anything about this in interviews?
2 years ago

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080922043...
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 03:14 PM
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112. Thanks, I hadn't heard that story before. nt
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 03:10 PM
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111. So you 'signed up' at Democratic Underground just to rag on Conan O'Brien?
Jay? That you?

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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 04:07 AM
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83. +1 for Conan!
Edited on Mon Nov-22-10 04:08 AM by Anakin Skywalker
It's good to know that the empty-headed Palin was rejected!
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indimuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 04:51 AM
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84. Bravo Conan! n/t
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 06:28 AM
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85. Have not watched Leno in years - I'm really kind of sick of him.
Conan is just so much funnier! And Jimmy Fallon is sometimes even better. (No Palins on his show either, thank God.)

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Quasimodem Donating Member (259 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:57 AM
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91. I only watch late night celebrity talk shows if there is no decent late night movie on.
But I'll do anything rather than watch Leno.

I quit watching Leno the second time he presented "The Dancing Itos."

Publicly belittling a sitting judge involved in a high profile court case is just not my idea of entertainment.

Anyone who thinks that it is, in my opinion, is a moron.
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BoneDaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:29 AM
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94. Hats off to ya Conan
nice job, but I would rather have had you have her on and then make total fun of her.
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swilton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:37 AM
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95. At least they have Palin labeled correctly
A 'celebrity' vice 'politician'.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:38 AM
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96. Leno loves having Palin on.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:40 AM
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98. Whoa, me likes Conan!!! nt
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blue sky at night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 10:48 AM
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100. jay leno......
could he be more loathsome?
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 11:40 AM
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102. sucks.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 11:42 AM
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103. I knew I liked Conan....the Conan/Daily Show conflict is killing me though.
Time for me to join the 21st Century and get a DVR.
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BetsysGhost Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 12:08 PM
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104. Amerigo Vespucci
'It's a Beautiful Day' :hi:
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 12:43 PM
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105. leno - politically neutral?
I must be a bi-partisan appeaser then.
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herbm Donating Member (980 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 01:27 PM
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106. Leno'a a rich fat cat and he weenies for anyone.
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Presidentcokedupfratboy Donating Member (994 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 01:29 PM
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107. Good man
I always like CoCo better than Leno.
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