NBC network executives, journalists and bloggers are behaving as though the White House has a giant spaceship full of evil aliens hovering over it. While in the eyes of NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin, funnyman Conan O'Brien and destined-to-be-a-sidekick-forever Andy Richter, it may seem like the end of the world, it's not. The shifts in NBC's late-night talk show lineup are not even one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
In an open letter addressed to People of the Earth, O'Brien announced that pushing The Tonight Show to a 12:05 a.m. start time, would lead to "the destruction of the show."
It's a tough scenario for O'Brien and the people who work on his show to consider, but being on television a half-hour later is not the end of the world. You know what is earth shattering? An earthquake. Like the one in Haiti yesterday.