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Jay Leno back on the Tonight Show

Yo Conan, I’m going to let you finish, but Jay Leno was one of the best Tonight Show hosts of all time. Actually you will not be given the opportunity to finish. Jay Leno is back as the host and here to stay, and I am tickled pink. Ever since I was introduced to Mr. Jay Leno as the voice of the Crimson Chin on the Nickelodeon show The Fairly Oddparents, he has held a special spot in my heart. Though I was too young to watch all of the then-inappropriate material of the Tonight Show, that chi n definitely demanded attention and appreciation.The chin also should not be the recipient of hatefulness. Right before NBC gave the host postion of the Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien, Leno had the top late night television show and really was a force to be reckoned with. Extending the 5 year promised time period before Conan became host would have been a better decision than handing it off while Leno was doing great. Once Conan got the Tonight Show, ratings dipped, and David Letterman’s show on CBS surpassed the Tonight Show as the number one late night talk show. Nice one, NBC. If someone absolutely needs to be blamed in this situation, it’s the decision-makers at NBC, not Leno. In all seriousness however, no one should be blamed: it’s the entertainment industry. The purpose is obvious: to entertain. If people wanted "CoCo" to remain the host of the Tonight Show, they should have actually watched his show! This is justification enough for letting him go. Clearly, he was not getting the job done as well as Leno was. Leno is coming back, and everyone should move on with their lives. There are much more important things to worry about. Looking at some specifics, Leno’s humor is much more developed for the Tonight Show than O’Brien’s. Leno’s monologues are funnier, and he is much more smooth and comfortable interviewing guests. Sometimes it seemed that O’Brien didn’t know what to say or do, so he would immediately burst into a fit of bird-like laughter or one of his impressions (which were funny, but didn’t suit the environment of the Tonight Show). Admittedly, I did enjoy O’Brien’s pre-recorded skits more than Leno’s. His humor suited this material much better than monologues or interviews. O’Brien would be great on a half hour Comedy Central skit show rather than a live talk show. O’Brien has not been cast out as a hobo out on to the street to beg for food, he has pocketed $45 million dollars from NBC. Don’t give him your sympathy. He is going to be just fine. O’Brien came, he saw, but definitely did not conquer. Time to give the presidency back to Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison.

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