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Bye-Bye, Redbeard

It’s official. After a week of constant torments day after day via video, Will Ferrell finally followed through with this threats and shaved Conan O’Brien’s beard. A Saturday Night Live alum, Ferrell was a guest on last night’s episode of Conan. Now the whole world will just have to picture Conan without the beard rather than the bearded Conan.

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Conan’s Beardly ‘Mistake’

Conan airs the “Fan Corrections” segment periodically during the orange-haired comedian’s show. But the Monday episode was no different. Will Ferrell, who is set to appear as a guest on May 2, made a fan correction video comment, threatening to shave Conan’s beard. And he is beardly serious.

To make his threat creepier, he changed his voice to sound like a sex offender (He called the hair on Conan’s face pubes and called Conan himself a dick.), wielding an old-timey razor. Now he’s even MORE serious.

“You’re going to feel the sting of my blade on May 2. The razor sleeps for NO ONE!”
-Will Ferrell during Conan, while interrupting an interview with Tina Fey.

CoCo Go-Goes to TBS

Still CoCo after all these......er, months.

Starting this November, Conan O’Brien will start his own late-night show, and forget NBC, ABC, or Fox, he’s movin’ on up…to basic cable. More specifically, his new show will air on TBS. The show will air at 11 p.m., bumping George Lopez’s late-night show to midnight. Hey, it’s a small price to pay.

Conan O’Brien hosted NBC’s The Tonight Show for eight short months before extremely low ratings on his predecessor Jay Leno’s prime-time show force him to give Leno his old job back. To make matters worse for Jay, Kevin Eubanks, his long-time sidekick and bandleader of The Tonight Show Band had announced he was leaving The Tonight Show after 18 years. But fear not Leno fans: Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish is slated to replace him.

That’s a Wrap for Conan

The end of an era. A ride on the comedy train cut short for one late night mogul. Last night, Conan O’Brien aired his final show as the host of The Tonight Show, serving for only seven months. As I told you earlier, Conan took the $40+ million deal to leave NBC provided that he does not badmouth NBC or its employees.

Jay Leno, the man whom he succeeded, will move back to his old time slot at 11:35 p.m. starting March 1. Fox has been eying CoCo since the Late Night Wars took light, but who knows, even the CW network wanted him. Conan O’Brien is allowed to move to another network, but he can’t start a new late-night show until September.  Check out Conan’s final farewell as Will Ferrell performs “Free Bird” in the video below.

Conan Ditches NBC

Conan O’Brien will no longer host The Tonight Show as of Friday. Sad to see him go. The original proposal from NBC was, after canceling the failing The Jay Leno Show, to move Jay Leno back to his old spot at 11:35 p.m. and push Conan’s show to 12:05 a.m., but Conan refused.

NBC will give Conan $40 million to leave the network. The catch is this: under contract rules, he is not to badmouth NBC or the programs it airs. Which is easier said than done. But the real question is this: is this truly the end of The Tonight Show as we know it?’

Leno Coming Back to 11:35

Per NBC, Jay Leno will move back to his 11:35 p.m. slot, while the person who replaced him, Conan O’Brien, will move to 12:05 a.m. The reason for this sudden move is to respond to shrinking ratings and affiliates whose 11 p.m. (or 10 p.m.) newscasts are suffering. The time changes of The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien will occur the day after NBC concludes the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver February 28.

Personally, I’d like Leno better at 11:35 than I did at 10. And from 1992 to last May, he had been on at 11:35 unless the show is pre-empted by the Olympics or midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Rather than cancel the struggling show, NBC will give Leno a half-hour show as a lead-in for The Tonight Show. The change will be better — the ratings of NBC affiliates with newscasts will improve, Leno gets to keep his show, and Headlines will still be there, even on a half-hour show. It’s a win-win situation.