a long cover story in Rolling Stone. (Really? Because the beard didn’t give that away at all.) The rejuvenated late-night talk show host takes the high road in the piece, slipping only one minor dig at his predecessor/successor, Jay Leno, though he still refers to the events that led to his dismissal as “the still-kind-of-unthinkable.” But his longtime producer, Jeff Ross, continues to insist that O’Brien’s lackluster performance on The Tonight Show was not the root of NBC’s problem. “The Leno disaster [at 10 p.m.] was the problem,” he claims. “And then it became, ‘Who’s cheaper to get rid of?’”The Tonight Show kick-in-the-teeth was “traumatic” for Conan O’Brien, according to
Okay, can’t we just agree now that Conan’s Tonight Show was compromised from the start, and that he was much funnier before he hosted that dusty late-night relic and after he was axed? O’Brien seems to get it, though at one point, he compares replacing Leno to subbing for Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady. First off, that it the first indirect, if inadvertent, compliment that Leno has received in more than two years. Secondly, if you thought NBC was disappointed with your performance on the Tonight Show, Coco, wait until you face Gisele Bündchen!