This is NOT a news story. And we apologize for this in advance, but we already miss Conan and all those latenight jokes.
So here it is. Our own TVWeek short monologue:
(After waiting for your applause to die down):
Thank you. Thank you. So first NBC says it was messing with latenight as a solution to the pressure it was getting from affiliates due to the fact Jay Leno was a poor lead-in to their local news.
Then they said, well, it’s also because Conan’s ratings were lousy.
Today NBC claimed, no, the real reason we’re having all this trouble is because something’s messed up with our electronic throttle system.
And then it only got worse for NBC today when a high-ranking member of the Obama administration urged viewers to stop watching the network until the problem was fixed. Of course he later retracted the statement, but still…