We all remember how Conan O’Brien was shamelessly booted as host of The Tonight Show when Jay Leno cold-heartedly demanded his throne back. Conan went off the comedic wagon for a time period where he grew a beard and plotted a million jokes about Jay’s chin. Then, as you know, TBS welcomed the red-haired star with open arms. What you may not know is that George Lopez had a hand in getting him the gig — but did he not realize it would be at the expense of Lopez Tonight?
On Conan’s show last night, the comedian spoke out about how sad he was that Lopez Tonight will be no more, and he had some pretty interesting things to say. He stated, “Had it not been for George being so incredibly supportive of me a year-and-a-half ago, I would not have come to TBS and we would not be doing the show right now.” Apparently Lopez gave up his original time slot in November 2010 and moved his show from 11 PM to 12 AM when O’Brien came to TBS, which actually may have been the kiss of death for the Latino host’s show. Conan goes on to say, “I owe that man a lot and frankly it makes me very sad that TBS and George could not work this out. I really like being part of a late night lineup with George and I wish that this could have continued. All of our thoughts are with George and his entire staff and crew. We understand, believe me, how hard this is for all of you and we wish you all the best.” This could be seen in one of two ways: either Conan just feels sorry for the guy since he knows what it’s like to be left suddenly unemployed OR he is trying to apologize to Lopez for booting him from his earlier time slot. Everyone knows the 11 PM slot is a lot better than 12 AM one because people are less likely to stay up until midnight…and so perhaps without meaning to, Conan sacrificed his buddy’s career for his own.
Despite the cancellation, Lopez has been keeping it classy and handling everything like a pro. He showed his great sense of humor last nigh, saying “Unemployment is at an all-time high and for Latinos it just got a little higher…good news though, Sony is doing a sequel to ‘The Smurfs’ movie, so today I lost some work because I’m brown, but also I got some work because I’m blue.” So at least there seems to be no bad blood between the two hosts. It’s a good thing too cause Conan is already on enough hosts’ bad lists at this point, so he doesn’t need another. I’m sure this won’t be the last we see of Lopez, and he seems to agree cleverly, by saying “It’s been great every night to work with the cast. We’re not saying goodbye, we’re saying cable doesn’t work.” Yeah, he’ll be back in some form or another.
Source: Access Hollywood