Mashable – The ongoing saga revolving around NBC’s late night lineup took a sharp turn toward its climax this afternoon, with Conan O’Brien issuing a statement to tell “people of earth” that he will resign as host of The Tonight Show if it’s moved to a later time slot.
The response has been overwhelming, with the news topping Twitter’s trending topics, and users quickly voicing their support with “Team Conan” and #teamconan tweets. Here’s a look at the huge spike in
Conan tweets this afternoon.
Beyond Conan apparently having plenty of fan support (and Jay Leno’s fans perhaps not yet on the Twitter (Twitter) bandwagon), the transparency and sincerity of Conan’s statement certainly isn’t hurting the cause.
The comedian apparently spent all night writing it, and manages to be both grateful, truthful and deeply loyal to The Tonight Show institution, all while making NBC look like one of the more evil entities to grace the face of the earth. My favorite part: “My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.”
Good luck with NBC trying to shuffle its lineup, with or without Conan, with words like that coming from someone who has been one of the network’s most visible personalities for 15 years.
Here’s a look at the sentiment of tweets about the situation, courtesy of Crimson Hexagon.
The Twitterverse is clearly on Conan’s side.