Tuesday, June 2, 2009
As everyone knows Conan O'Brien took over as host of the Tonight Show replacing Jay Leno who has retired/moved to an earlier time slot. This was the first change since I was in high school.
I remember growing up and going into high school watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I can remember his last shows and when he was replaced by Leno. Jay had it rough, there was no way he or just about anyone alive could replace Mr. Carson, I thought.
But over the years, he did OK. Janine and I were starting to regularly watch Leno on The Tonight Show and I always got a kick out of Jaywalking and Headlines. When winding down topical humor is hard to beat sometimes. More than anything, I know that Conan did not have the daunting task that Leno did replacing someone as legendary in television as Johnny Carson.
It makes me feel older seeing this transition, but I really look forward to seeing Conan hosting The Tonight Show. I think it's going to be a lot of fun and more and more people will return to that old tradition of falling asleep with the television on.
Take it away, Johnny!