NBC Is Chamberlain, Conan Is Czechoslovakia, So Leno Is...

Ousting Conan was only the first step; Jimmy Fallon is next!
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2010 2:00 PM CST
In this March 19, 2009 file photo, host Jay Leno is shown on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in Burbank, Calif.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)
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(Newser) – If you think about it, isn’t Jay Leno a lot like Hitler? After all, he's “a master of making secret demands for foreign territory and then acting like the wronged party,” reasons Joe Queenan, writing for the Wall Street Journal. Leno pretended he wanted only the first part of his old time slot, just as Hitler insisted he merely wanted to annex Sudetenland, not all of Czechoslovakia.

NBC did its best Neville Chamberlain impression and tried to appease him by backstabbing Conan O'Brien. After all, like Czechoslovakia, O’Brien’s Tonight Show wasn’t doing so hot. But Leno took generosity for weakness and began maneuvering for complete control. Now, it’s only a matter of time before he targets Jimmy Fallon. And it won’t stop there. Nightly news anchors, beware, Queenan warns. “The blitzkrieg is right around the corner. And you’re Poland.”

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