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Sarah Palin begins Fox career; Fox pursues Conan

January 13, 2010
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• Sarah Palin began her Fox News pundit role last night on the "O'Reilly Factor" by slamming President Obama and her critics.

"I'm grinning today, and I'm so appreciative of the opportunity to get to work with you and the team members here at Fox News to provide the fair and the balanced reporting and analysis voters in this country deserve," Palin told host Bill O'Reilly.

Riiiight. Fair and Balanced. Fox. Uh-huh. Whatever, you guys. Why do you even try anymore?

• Gov. Manchin is set to deliver his State of the State address tonight. A spokesman said the governor will focus on the economy, education and energy.

• Netflix streaming is finally coming to the Wii, snitches!

• Conan won't be moving with the Tonight Show to 12:05 as NBC suggested. Good for Conan; don't let the suits settle for mediocrity. Fox also appears ready to begin heavily wooing the Pale One.

Here's an excerpt from Conan's statement:

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. 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. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. 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. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.


• Google has entered the YouSendIt business by allowing attachments in Google Docs of 250MB.

• Web Urbanist has another great collection of lists, this time focusing on 10 crazy weapons of war.

• Our latest favorite Web site is LettersofNote.com, which features correspondence from celebrities, artists and other people of note. Our favorite, however, is a letter written by cartoonist Jon Kricfalusi, creator of Ren & Stempy. Kricfalusi was written to by young, aspiring cartoonist, Amir Avni, a 14-year-old in 1998. Kricfalusi responded with a six page letter, a book on illustrating cartoons and plenty of great advice for the boy on how to do what he was doing.

• Still looking for that perfect New Year's Resolution? Try this one: Have more sex. According to this CNN article, regular sex leads to healthier lives, less stress, lower rates of cancer, and much more! So, yea, get it on, you guys.

• If you're at all like us, you love cats ... but you hate it when they're constantly on the counter, sniffing around at all that delicious food you just made. Well, the folks over at TheKitchen.com are trying to figure out a solution to this conundrum. So head on over and join the discussion, and let us know what you do!

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