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Talk-show tango Jan. 25-29: Conan O’Brien’s farewell speech and Jay Leno guesting on Oprah

In television on 01/25/2010 at 12:05 am

I wonder, when Jay Leno sits for a chat with Oprah Winfrey for her Thursday show, if he will talk about the low blow he took last week at David Letterman? Hmmmm.

Conan O’Brien is history, at least for now. Although his Tonight Show lives on this week in repeats, Friday Jan. 22 was his last new episode. If you didn’t see it, suffice to say it confirmed that O’Brien is a gentleman despite the at-times juvenile glee that O’Brien had earlier taken in putting the verbal boots to NBC after it announced it would shoo him to a later timeslot to make way for prime-time failure The Jay Leno Show. As we all know now, O’Brien said no thanks and is now millions richer and out of work. Here’s the heart of O’Brien’s farewell speech, which came in a great episode that also included Neil Young (Long May You Run, perfect) and Will Ferrell-as-long-haired-rocker performing Freebird with O’Brien, Beck, Ben Harper and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top (the video of which, geez, is not embedded here because “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by NBC Universal.“). Sore losers. If you find a link that still works, please leave it in the comments for the poor saps who didn’t catch it themselves.

Here’s the farewell speech, courtesy of The Hollywood Report.

“Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.

“To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

So, Jay Leno retakes the Tonight Show March 1, after the Olympics, O’Brien is free to start a new show Sept. 1 … and now back to our regularly scheduled talk-shows guest list for the week:

LATE NIGHT

Lopez Tonight (11 p.m. ET on TBS, aka TLN Videotron 250, Bell 700, Shaw 69 and 280)

Monday: Cheech and Chong, Regina King, Train

Tuesday: Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), James Van Der Beek (Mercy), Jamie Kennedy

Wednesday: Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Charlie Wilson

Thursday: Ludacris, Elisha Cuthbert (24)

Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m. ET on CBS)

Monday: Bradley Cooper (The Hangover DVD), Rachel Maddow, Nick Jonas and gthe Administration (Who I Am), Homer Simpson Top 10 (R)

Tuesday: Denel Washington (Book of Eli), Dr. O. Wayne Isom, The Low Anthem (Oh My God, Charlie Darwin) (R)

Wednesday: Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Jason Sudeikis (SNL), Findlay Brown (Love Will Find You) (R)

Thursday: Kiefer Sutherland (24), Keri Russell (Extraordinary Measures), The HotRats (Turn Ons) (R)

Friday: Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Marv Albert, Julian Casablancas (Phrazes for the Young) (R)

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m. ET on CBS)

Monday: Carl Reiner, Alicia Witt

Tuesday: Quentin Tarantino, Adrianne Palicki

Wednesday: Eddie Izzard

Thursday: Rosie O’Donnell, Wilco

Friday: Jon Heder, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dana Eagle

The Jay Leno Show (10 p.m. ET on NBC, Citytv)

Monday: tba

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (11:35 p.m. ET on NBC)

Monday-Friday: repeats, but no details on the NBC site. What a surprise.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: Michael Cera, Ana Gasteyer, Shwayze (R)

Tuesday: Amy Adams, John Oliver, J.B. Mauney and Kody Lostroh (R)

Wednesday: Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Ortiz, comic Lenny Clarke (R)

Thursday: Ringo Starr (R)

Friday: Freddie Prinze Jr., Anthony Anderson, Ke$ha (R)

Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 a.m. ET on ABC)

Monday: Dax Sheparad (When in Rome), Joan Rivers, chef Paul Bartolotta (R)

Tuesday: Harrison Ford (Extraordinary Measures), Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Silversun Pickups

Wednesday: Mel Gibson (Edge of Darkness), Kate Micucci (When in Rome), Mayer Hawthorne

Thursday: Will Arnett (When in Rome)

Friday: Josh Duhamel (When in Rome), Shorty Rossi (Pit Boss), John Mayer

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11 p.m. Comedy Network, midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: Bill Gates

Tuesday: Elizabeth Warren, chair of the congressional oversight panel on TARP

Wednesday: Ethan Watters (Crazy Like Us)

Thursday: Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and author

The Colbert Report (11:30 p.m. Comedy Network, 12:30 a.m. ET, CTV)

Monday: Paul Begala

Tuesday: Mike Brzenzinski

Wednesday: Arthur Benjamin

Thursday: David Gergen

The Hour (11 p.m. ET, CBC)

Monday: Colin Mochrie, Kent Annan

Tuesday: Melissa Gilbert, Ron Maclean

Wednesday: Shae Lynn Bourne

Thursday: tba

Friday: tba

Charlie Rose (11:30 p.m. ET, PBS)

Mr. Rose announces his guests only on the day of broadcast, so please click on the show-name link above for the most recent guest announcement.

Real Time with Bill Maher (11 p.m. ET, Fridays only, on HBO Canada)

New season starts Feb. 19

DAYTIME

Live with Regis and Kelly (9 a.m. ET, NBC and CTV)

Monday: Glenn Close (Damages), Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union), Mark Consuelos

Tuesday: Martin Short co-hosts, Josh Duhamel (When in Rome)

Wednesday: David Duchovny co-hosts, Claire Danes (Temple Grandin)

Thursday: Jeff Probst (Survivor), Julianne Moore (A Single Man)

Friday: Mark Consuelos co-hosts, Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Christine Baranksi (The Good Wife)

The View 11 a.m. ET, ABC and CTV)

Monday: George Stephanopoulos (Good Morning America), Robin Roberts

Tuesday: Alicia Silverstone and Laura Linney (Time Stands Still)

Wednesday: E.D. Hill (ex of Fox News)

Thursday: Elisabeth’s job swap with ESPN analyst husband Tim

Friday: Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music)

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2 p.m. ET on NBC, 3 p.m. ET on Citytv)

Monday: Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor), Crystal Chappell

Tuesday: Regina King

Wednesday: Carnie Wilson

Thursday: Ken Olin (Brothers and Sisters)

Friday: Steven Seagal

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (4 p.m. ET, CBS)

Monday: Valerie Bertinelli, Zachary Levi

Tuesday: Harry Connick Jr., Adam Lambert, Ellen’s birthday

Wednesday: Jenna Elfman, Chris Harrison, Lady Antebellum

Thursday: Mario Lopez, Sasha Cohen, Corinne Bailey Rae

Friday: tba

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Rosie O’Donnell: Life After the Breakup and Her New Love

Tuesday: Denise Richards and Mrs. Ted Haggard: Surviving a Public Scandal

Wednesday: Before You Grocery Shop Again: Food 101 with Michael Pollan

Thursday: Jay Leno: The Tonight Show Fiasco

Friday: Live

— Denise Duguay

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