Honestly, I think Leno is being made a scapegoat here. We don't know what went on in those meetings. Jay made a statement on his show the other night that he wanted to keep working, but there was that pesky little anti-competition clause that kept him from moving to another network, and so, he was put on at ten.
I know that clause really exists because they were talking about it when Katie Couric (sp?) left Today to go to ABC. She couldn't start at ABC for 6 months because of this clause. So I know he wasn't making it up.
I don't understand why people seem to think that Jay Leno has some super power or something that when he says jump an entire network asks how high. That is not the way things work. Obviously someone high up thought the ten o' clock show was worth the risk. I really don't like the way this one man is being demonized. We really don't know what went on behind closed doors. NBC has been making a lot of stupid decisions lately.
I think everyone got a raw deal. I really don't know what stake Letterman has in this other than he'll be competing against Jay again, but whatever. I was never a big fan of Conan and his brand of humor, but I do feel bad for him. Everyone picked up and moved out to LA, which seems kind of dumb to me. I don't know why they couldn't have kept filming in the same studio....
And Leno has people talking shit about him because Conan and Letterman say it's his fault. I understand Conan being upset, but good lord... Maybe Leno did plan this from the beginning, but since we don't have a time machine and a mind reader we don't know that for sure. He's been making all kinds of nasty comments about NBC too.