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Viral Video: The NBC Late-Night Bonfire Singes "American Idol"

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Yesterday, BoomTown posted on the mess created by NBC over its late-night talk show wrangling.

The fracas involves Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and seemingly every dude who sits behind a desk and kisses up to celebrities for a living at the GE (GE) television network, which was just bought by Comcast (CMCSA).

As I noted: “I do love the roundelay of online videos this Tinseltown mess has created.”

And here are more, from Leno, who seems really irked by the meltdown that has tarnished his reputation, although NBC is also flacking the clip.

Also below Leno is daytime talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres, who mixed the NBC stew in with Simon Cowell announcing that he is leaving “American Idol” right before she arrives as a judge.

The laughter through the tears keeps on coming:

LENO

DEGENERES


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald