Tonight is Conan O'Brien's final night as host of The Tonight Show. It's a sad day for all of us who are fans, but at least we have the consolation of a future show on another network (Fox? HBO? Comedy Central?) this September.
Unfortunately, in one final kick to the stomach by NBC execs, Conan cannot bring his many sketch characters with him. NBC owns the rights. No more Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? Just jolly effin' great. I really hope Robert Smigel owns the rights; if not, I say they should just change the characters enough to thwart the lawers.
So Jeff Zucker kills fires Conan but keeps the characters. None of which will ever be used again. What a jackass. Why does this man still have a job? Remember when executives were held accountable for their failures?