Late Night Highlights: Civil War-Era Conan and NBC Titanic Hero Leno
Realizing that it was his second-to-last Tonight Show ever (unless Jay Leno is fatally wounded in a suspicious antique automobile car crash), Conan O'Brien graciously admitted last night that although this is not his ideal goodbye, Coco would make his last Tonight Show as fun as possible, because you, Coco fans, are what matters. Meanwhile, somewhere in Burbank, Jay Leno stepped onstage, accepted pity-hugs from the first two rows of his audience and then bizarrely compared himself to a hero of one of the world's most tragic maritime disasters.
"NBC and Conan O'Brien made an announcement earlier today -- as many of you know -- Conan is leaving the network," said Leno. "His final show airs tomorrow night. I have chosen to stay on the Titanic. I don't believe the iceberg is that big, the biggest ship, this ship will never sink and Kev...when it does, Kev as it's sinking you will play [for] us."
Click through for that comically oversized moment of mock modesty, as well as the other highlights you missed last night, ranked from worst to best.
5. Jay Leno, White Night
Let's relive that "Say Whaaaat" moment together, when Jay Leno all but said that he would command NBC's sinking passenger liner because Conan O'Brien had shoved screaming women and children out of the way so that he could disembark the Tonight Show and jump into the last departing lifeboat toward an island holding $32 million.