24 January 2010

The end of the late-night war

Nice to see Conan keep his cool while exiting the Tonight Show. Good for him.

by Hank Steuver

So when it comes time to tell our children of the great late-night war of 2010, what will we tell them? Is there a takeaway lesson?

Maybe it's this: Stay positive. In a longer and more heartfelt speech at the end of his show (before he joined Will Ferrell and others in a cheesy, jammin' rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird") O'Brien cautioned against viewing his strange predicament as a story of resentment and cynicism:

"All I ask of you, especially young people . . . is one thing. Please don't be cynical," O'Brien said. "I hate cynicism -- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen."

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