Posted tagged ‘Tonight Show’

Conan, NBC Reach Exit Deal

January 21, 2010

Conan O’Brien and NBC have agreed to part ways. This comes just seven months after the comedian was named the new host of “The Tonight Show”, following in the footsteps of Jay Leno.

Also, Conan stands to lose all intellectual property rights to characters he created while at NBC including one of my favorites: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

It appears that O’Brien will host his final episode this Friday. Crazy how things turn so quickly!


From CNN:

“NBC confirms a deal is signed and an official announcement will be made this morning,” said NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust.

The network did not provide details on the agreement. But the deal is expected to include a severance payment of about $32 million for O’Brien plus about $12 million for his staff, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Under the agreement, O’Brien would be able to take another television job in September. The deal is also expected to contain a clause that would prohibit both O’Brien and NBC from making disparaging comments about each other in public.

Ed McMahon Dies at Age 86

June 23, 2009

Ed McMahon, a star on late-night television and sidekick for Johnny Carson on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” today at age 86.

From Reuters:

The veteran TV personality, best known for his nightly introduction of Carson in a deep, booming voice with the drawn-out line, “Heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” died at a Los Angeles-area hospital, spokesman Howard Bragman said.

“He died early this morning with his wife and loved ones by his side,” Bragman said.

McMahon had been battling pneumonia and other illnesses. Bragman declined to confirm or deny reports that the performer had been diagnosed with bone cancer.

Outgoing, affable and possessing a robust, baritone voice, McMahon began his career with stints as a bingo caller, carnival barker and boardwalk pitchman before becoming a broadcast announcer and TV host.

Jay Leno Hospitalized, Cancels Show

April 23, 2009

According to sources at NBC, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno has taken ill and the taping of his show for this evening has been canceled.

From NBC:

Jay Leno had to cancel today’s taping of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” because of illness, Access Hollywood has learned.

“A repeat of ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ will air tonight as Mr. Leno is not feeling well,” a rep for the show told Access Hollywood.

“He took himself to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling well,” the rep added.

Leno rarely gets sick. Rumors have surfaced the funnyman may be suffering from food poisoning, however that has not been confirmed.

Special Olympics Bowler: I Can Take Obama!

March 20, 2009

After the President’s “joke” on the Tonight Show last night, it seems that a Special Olympics bowler is up to challenging him in a one on one match!

From the Associated Press:

So President Barack Obama thinks he bowls like a competitor in the Special Olympics?

He’s obviously never met Kolan McConiughey, a mentally disabled man considered one of the nation’s top Special Olympics bowlers, with five perfect games to his credit. He’d like to go to the White House and show the president a thing or two about how to roll strikes.

“He bowled a 129. I bowl a 300. I could beat that score easily,” McConiughey said Friday.

His challenge to Obama followed the president’s offhand remark on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” Thursday comparing his famously inept bowling to “the Special Olympics or something.” Recognizing his blunder, Obama apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics before the show aired.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Friday said the president believes that the Special Olympics are “a triumph of the human spirit.” Gibbs added that Obama understands that the athletes “deserve a lot better than the thoughtless joke that he made last night.”

During an interview with The Associated Press, the 35-year-old McConiughey quickly rolled several strikes with his left-handed hook in a short demonstration of his prowess at Colonial Lanes in Ann Arbor.

In addition to five perfect games since 2005, McConiughey has also had an 800 series and carries a 212 average. He laughed as he joked about the popular president’s apparently poor game.

“I’d tell him to get a new bowling ball, new shoes and bring him down to the lane,” said McConiughey, who speaks with a serious stutter. “Keep his body straight, his arm straight and keep his steps straight. He has to practice every single day.”

President Obama ‘Stunned’ by AIG Bonuses

March 20, 2009

Hey…so was I!

President Barack Obama said last night on “The Tonight Show” that he was stunned to hear about the $165 million in bonuses that were paid to employees of troubled insurer AIG over the weekend.

He has promised to do everything he could to get these bonuses back.

From NBC News:

“These financial industries are holding us hostage,” Obama said in an interview on NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” which NBC said was the first time a sitting president had been a guest on a late-night talk show.

Obama said the AIG payments raised moral and ethical problems, but he stressed that the bigger problem was the culture that allowed traders to claim them.

“We need to get back to a place where people know enough is enough,” he said. “If we can get back to those values that built America, then we’ll be OK.”

Obama used the visit as an opportunity to defend Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has been sharply criticized for his handling of the AIG controversy. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., called for Geithner to resign Thursday afternoon.

But Obama said Geithner was doing an “outstanding job,” handling a full plate with grace and good humor.

“He is a smart guy. He is a calm and steady guy,” Obama said. “I don’t think people fully appreciate the plate that was handed him.”

Listing the recession, the banking crisis and the need to coordinate with other countries, Obama acknowledged that Geithner was “on the hot seat.” But he said too many in Washington were trying to figure out whom to blame when they should be focused on fixing the problems.

“Look, I’m the president. Ultimately, it’s my responsibility,” Obama said. “If I’m not giving [Geithner] the tools he needs, it’s on me.”

Barack Obama to Appear on Tonight Show Tonight

March 19, 2009

Guests on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night With David Letterman” usually appear to promote a movie, TV show, book or album.

But, tonight will be different.

President Obama will visit the NBC “Tonight Show” tonight to make the case for his financial rescue plans.

From CNN:

While presidential candidates — as far back as Richard Nixon’s performance on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in 1968 — have used comedy shows for campaigning, Obama becomes the first sitting president to appear.

“We don’t look at it as the process of demonstrating the president’s sense of humor,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. “We look at it as a way of discussing the economic situation that we find ourselves in.”

Obama will tape the show Thursday afternoon during a two-day swing through the Los Angeles area for town hall meetings focusing on the economy, Gibbs said.

There’s some political risk for Obama, according to Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz, who also hosts CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

“He has to be very careful about his tone, because if he yuks it up too much and seems to be having too good a time, it will be quite a contrast there with the pain the people are feeling with the crumbling economy,” Kurtz said.

Barack Obama to Appear on Tonight Show

March 16, 2009

President Barack Obama will be making a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on this coming Thursday.

This should be a fun one to watch! I’ll have to set up the DVR!

From the New York Times:

Mr. Obama will swing by the Leno show as part of his trip to southern California. The White House official said that Mr. Obama plans to talk about the economy with Mr. Leno and said he will try to focus on substance, possibly a tall task given the show’s format.

Will he be funny? “As funny as the times allow,” the official said.

Presidential candidates often appear on television shows when they’re trying to get elected, but once successful, it is rare to find a commander in chief appearing on TV shows except as joke fodder. President Bush did show up on NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” last year, but it was in a taped appearance in which he voiced support for a contestant who had served three tours of duty in Iraq.