And we bet NBC thought they could sneak this by the masses… LOLz!
As excited as many people are that Jimmy Fallon is taking over for Jay Leno at The Tonight Show, we can't help but point out that NBC's press release announcing the move COMPLETELY ignores Conan O'Brien's short lived time as Tonight Show host, which briefly lasted from June 2009 to January 2010.
The release states:
"Leno has hosted The Tonight Show with Jay Leno since taking over the reins from television icon Johnny Carson in 1992"
So we guess NBC is treating The Tonight Show from 2009-2010 like the 13th floor in some hotels…
It straight up doesn't exist!
And many peeps are obviously upset by this omission — and seemingly blatant DIG — at Conan!
NBC press release scrubs Conan from Tonight history:"Leno has hosted 'Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno” since taking over…from Carson in 1992."
— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) April 3, 2013
So instead of replacing Leno with Conan, NBC is replacing Leno with Jimmy Fallon? Can we say downgrade for the Tonight Show? 📺
— Heath Ashford (@Heathdonttweet) April 3, 2013
I can't believe NBC is moving the tonight show back to New York when Conan moved his entire family/staff to LA only to get screwed.
— Lindsey (@recycleanimals) April 3, 2013
Wow. NBC's announcement doesn't mention Conan O'Brien AT ALL.
— Ross Luippold (@rossluippold) April 3, 2013
Holy BS Batman! MT @tvmojoe NBC press release scrubs Conan from Tonight history:"Leno has hosted…since taking over…from Carson in1992."
— J.P. Laub (@jplaub) April 3, 2013
"Conan? Isn't he some kind of fictional barbarian?" -NBC's press release on the Tonight Show hosting change
— James Leask (@Leask) April 3, 2013
— Travis Fishburn (@TravisFishburn) April 3, 2013
So the Leno-Fallon rumors were true… Cut to Conan laughing his butt off in 2014 when NBC inevitably screws this up again. #itsgonnahappen
— Stephen Nehrenz (@StephenNehrenz) April 3, 2013
— Dog News Team (@DogNewsTeam) April 3, 2013
If I'm Jimmy Fallon, my first guest on the Tonight Show is Conan O'Brien.
— Angry Disney Nerd (@AngryDisneyNerd) April 3, 2013
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