In the wake of the new Tonight Show host announcement, it seems like there’s no hard feelings from Conan O’Brien. Well, not directed towards Jimmy Fallon, anyway. During the Wednesday night episode of his late night show Conan, which is spending a week on the road in Atlanta, O’Brien said that Fallon is “the perfect guy” for the job. Fallon will take over the series from Jay Leno in 2014.
O’Brien, who was given The Tonight Show back in 2009 only to have it unceremoniously returned to Leno less than a year later, said in full, “I want to congratulate Jimmy, that is a really fun gig … It’s a fun gig and you know what? Jimmy is the perfect guy to do it; he’s going to do a fantastic job. So congratulations, Jimmy.”
All of the hosts directly involved in the late night war addressed the big news in their monologues. Unsurprisingly, Fallon had a sincere, grateful tone, Leno joked about awkwardness, and David Letterman… well, he went right for the jugular: “NBC, God bless ’em, announced the official date for Jay Leno’s departure – no mention of his official date of return, however,” he cracked.
While O’Brien may not have the warmest sentiments for Leno or NBC either (rubbing salt on the ongoing wound, he didn’t get a mention in the network’s announcement on Wednesday), his kind, supportive words for Fallon show what a class act he is. Plus, Coco still has his own show over on TBS until at least 2015.
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