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Monday, January 11, 2010

Jerry Seinfeld's old showbiz canniness

On NBC:
Seinfeld compared NBC's decision to air "The Jay Leno Show" at 10 p.m. to the vilified AOL/Time Warner deal noting, if you replace "AOL" with "Google" and advance the date to today, suddenly the deal doesn't look too bad.

"It was the right idea at the wrong time," said Seinfeld, who occasionally satirized his own dealings with the network's executives in his NBC sitcom. "I also think this was the right idea at the wrong time. I'm proud that NBC had the guts to try something."
On Conan:
Asked what he would do if he was O'Brien and NBC had seemingly broken its promise to let him become the network's premium late-night host, Seinfeld said he wouldn't complain.

"What did the network do to him?" Seinfeld asked. "I don't think anyone's preventing people from watching Conan. Once they give you the cameras, it's on you. I can't blame NBC for having to move things around. I hope Conan stays, I think he's terrific. But there's no rules in show business, there's no refs."
Ouch!

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