I've been a fan of Conan O'Brien since high school. Conan was the first late night talk show host that I made a connection with, so I'll admit that this situation has affected me pretty hard. But, there are many fans that feel just as I do and rallied behind Conan in support. Also like me, there were many that felt more than just sympathy for Conan, but also genuine anger.
I've always been a fan of NBC. It's the home of "Seinfeld," "The Office," and "Saturday Night Live." It was my favorite network and I was proud to root for all of their programs. To say I'm disappointed in them right now is an understatement. I feel like all these years I've been betting on the wrong horse. NBC's treatment of Conan has been nothing more than atrocious, and I'm upset with myself for ever believing that NBC would be different than any other network. It's a betrayal that I will not soon forget.
But, in the midst of all this Conan has not only persevered, but made a horrible situation fun. To see him react with such class and joy is nothing short of inspirational. At the close of the show Conan thanked his fans, and encouraged everyone that hard work and kindness will always win out over negativity and cynicism. To see a man who has been rejected and passed over for something he has worked immensely hard for, and take it in such stride brought a great close to his legacy of laughter on NBC.
Thank you Conan O' Brien. Thank you for the laughter, and the memories. Thank you for Vomiting Kermit, Pimpbot 5000, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Thank you for "In the Year 2000/3000" and "Celebrity Secrets." You've redefined comedy and become the Johnny Carson of our generation. You have the loyalty and eternal gratitude of your fans.
Oh, and don't worry about the Masturbating Bear. I hear he's getting a guest shot on "Law and Order: SVU."
We love you, Coco. We'll see you again soon.