George Lopez visited Howard Stern today, and the comedy legend revealed some massive secrets behind the infamous late-night war between Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno. While Conan is often thought to be the greatest casualty of the fiery feud, Lopez brought to light something I’ve said from the start. Conan O’Brien is just as guilty as Jay Leno. First, O’Brien took Lopez’s time slot and his dismal ratings meant he was a poor lead-in for Lopez. According to Lopez, he had no say in the decision, and though he was publicly accepting, TBS forced his hand. TBS also asked Lopez to call Conan to convince him to take the job, another move Lopez felt forced to make. Lopez also slammed David Hudson, the SVP of late night and specials, who consistently called-out Lopez’s creative choices, despite “never having sold a comedy ticket in his life.”
It’s insane that Conan came out clean in the Tonight Show feud, especially since the entire debacle began when he pressured NBC to sack Leno, which would be considered evil in any other non-entertainment profession. Plus, he simply didn’t have the ratings. Sure he had a weak lead-in, but if that’s the case, then it’s even further proof of his hypocrisy regarding George Lopez. Listen to Lopez’s very honest account below.
I feel bad for George Lopez. The guy had a moderately successful show, and then Conan’s late night debacle forced him into a new time-slot. At the time, he was supportive, assuming that a great lead-in could only help his ratings. Unfortunately, Conan didn’t deliver his expected audience numbers, and George Lopez suffered. But when you look at the big picture, here’s the nutshell summary — Conan did to George what Jay did to Conan. Sure Conan likely asked for George’s permission when he joined TBS, but in the end, he still hurt Lopez’s numbers. It’s not my style to pick on Conan O’Brien. I used to be such a huge fan of his show. But he should have stayed in his original time-slot. He was chasing after the dream of “being the next Johnny Carson,” and that arbitrary goal got in the way of pragmatic decision-making. Now he’s suffering. And furthermore — he should have gone to Fox instead of TBS.
You know when you go through a painful breakup and you spend most of your time bad-mouthing your ex to anyone who will listen? Well, Paris Hilton is not in that club. Though the press often picks on her for being famous for nothing,” I have to give her major kudos for the way she handles her breakups. I imagine that if I was wronged on any level, I’d take great enjoyment from using the late-night circuit to bash my ex. As a guilt-ridden Jew, though, I’d certainly self-loathe shortly thereafter. Hilton appeared on Lopez Tonight, and Lopez showed a disturbing fight between Hilton and her then boyfriend, Cy Waits, in which Waits’ consistent jealousy reaches a boiling point that results in Hilton slapping him in the face. Clearly, these two were not meant to be. But instead of lambasting him, Hilton was kind, saying, that “the relationship just ran its course.” Who would think I’d ever call Paris Hilton classy? Watch the fight below.
George Lopez went on CNN to debunk rumors that he was secretly pissed about Conan moving into his time slot. He also confirmed that Conan graciously called him to make sure that he had Lopez’s blessing, and that TBS would not have made the offer without Lopez giving his okay. I believe Lopez. Conan is a bigger star than him, and therefore makes a great lead-in. It only makes sense that Lopez would welcome him.