O'Brien Cites TVGuide.com Poll in Monologue, Zings Leno
You voted, and Conan O'Brien listened: The Tonight Show host's monologue Wednesday noted a TVGuide.com poll showing a huge majority want him to keep his timeslot.
TVGuide.com poll: 83 percent want Conan at 11:35
"According to a new TV Guide poll, 83 percent of voters want me to stay at 11:35," O'Brien said. "When he heard this poll number, President Obama asked, 'How can I get NBC to screw me over?"
O'Brien, who rejected NBC's plan to move his show back a half-hour and may depart to another network, said hosting The Tonight Show has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream — "and I just want to say to the kids out there watching: You can do anything you want in life. Unless Jay Leno wants to do it, too."
Letterman on Conan's possible departure: "Where'd he get an idea like that?"
Also in the episode, Jack McBrayer guested as his Kenneth the Page character from 30 Rock. Leading a tour group into the studio, he announced, "This is the former home of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."
O'Brien also kidded the network about some changes he said NBC was making to "improve" the Winter Olympics. One included: "Reserve the right to cancel ski jumps mid-jump" and "Move the bronze into gold's place, silver stays where it is, and add a new medal for fourth place called The NBC."
VIDEO: Watch O'Brien's full monologue
After joking about being available for children's parties the previous night, O'Brien had another future job in mind Wednesday: "I've been practicing the phrase, 'Who ordered the mochaccino grande?'
Noting that Tuesday's season premiere of the Fox network's American Idol was watched by 30 million people, he said NBC executives reacted: "That's not true, there's no such thing as an audience of 30 million people."
Of course, the support may be for nought. NBC has expressed no public interest in keeping O'Brien in the 11:35 slot, and the host has beefed up his legal team with an attorney known as a top-notch litigator.
What do you think are the odds of NBC listening to voters in our poll?