Image Credit: NBC(2)It’s been three months since the late-night hoopla had legions of TV watchers siphoning themselves off into Team Coco and Team Leno. And now, with Jay Leno back at his old Tonight Show post and Conan O’Brien headed to TBS for his new show, Leno tells Access Hollywood: “I knew he’d land on his feet…I think he’ll be great. He’s a very funny guy.”
Okay, so does this mean the feud is officially over? Is everything just water under the bridge now? I think Leno truly meant well, even if his comments sound a little like something a high school teacher says about a former failing student who suddenly gets a job at a grocery store. And then there’s this strange, somewhat indecipherable comment Leno made to Access while discussing Conan’s move from network to cable: “I didn’t know what to think. I mean, well, FOX [a network Conan was considering] is a network but they have cable too, so, you know, it’s all sort of the same now. Everybody sort of reaches the same thing, but I think it’s exciting. I think he’ll do well.”
The ratings war will be on soon — what with Conan and Jon Stewart airing at 11 p.m., and Leno and Dave Letterman airing at 11:35 p.m. — so perhaps the REAL feud has yet to begin. As Leno himself said, “It’ll be fun. Everybody will compete. Eleven o’clock is now the most exciting place to be.”
What do you think of Leno’s comments? How will the ratings shake out once Conan starts up on TBS?