Bolstered by some 2 million Twitter followers, a first-of-its-kind social media strategy, and an innovative digital team, Conan soared back onto the late-night scene with huge ratings, besting David Letterman and arch-nemesis Jay Leno with 4.2 million viewers.
After some 3,800 episodes, Jay Leno will relinquish his 11:35 p.m. slot
to Conan O'Brien. Jimmy Fallon is already in O'Brien's old slot. Here's our take on Leno's last monologue:
* After 17 years, Jay Leno is stepping down as Tonight Show
host. That's a long time in one job. How long? When Leno started, there
was no Internet, O.J. Simpson was respected, and the economy was merely
George H.W. stupid.