Monday, November 22, 2010
Everyone knows Conan O’Brien enjoyed a contentious relationship with NBC. Conan stood up to NBC in a number of ways during his stint at the Tonight Show. But one of the more interesting examples centered around Team Coco ignoring suggestions from the network on how to boost his ratings: book Sarah Palin as a guest.
Mama Grifter was never booked on Conan’s Tonight Show, says NY Times reporter Bill Carter in a chat with PopEater, as O’Brien blocked the move. Palin had become a champion among extremist conservatives but is generally considered a patently offensive pariah by both liberals and moderates.
Suffice to say Palin will never be a guest on Conan O’Brien’s new show which airs on TBS at 11PM M-F because Conan enjoys even more control over this new show than he ever did at NBC. Interestingly, after NBC ran Conan out of town and suck-up Jay Leno was given back the Tonight Show, Leno immediately booked Mama Grifter as a guest during his first-week despite claims on Leno’s part that his show is apolitical.