NBC took it on the chin Sunday night as Hollywood’s shining elite, and host Ricky Gervais, took aim at the network for its bumbling of its late-night schedule, which will force Conan O’Brien to be replaced by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.
After his opening monologue, Golden Globe host and British comedian Ricky Gervais said, “Let’s get on with it (the show) before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno,” which was answered by thunderous applause. Later, he said: “I will be making the most of this opportunity. I’m not used to these sort of viewer figures. Let’s face it, nor is NBC.”
Julia Roberts, who was nominated for her part in Duplicity and presented the award for best dramatic film, mentioned it on the red carpet, telling red carpet interviewer Billy Bush, “NBC, you guys are in the toilet right now.” Ouch
Later on, 30 Rock creator/writer/star Tina Fey told Bush the rain in Los Angeles was “God crying for NBC.” Oof.
Julianna Margulies also added to the pile during her acceptance speech for the award for best actress for her role in the drama The Good Wife. “I’d just to like to thank [CBS executives] Leslie Moonves and Nina Tassler for believing in the 10 o’clock drama,” Margulies said.
Even governor Arnold Schwarzenegger got in on the action and cracked a joke about his state’s piss-poor economy and NBC. “I’ve seen [Avatar] deal, the only way that he can actually make more money than that is by being hired by NBC … or being fired by NBC.”
According to Sharon Waxman at The Wrap, backstage, one stand-up comic who wouldn’t allow his name to be used, railed against Leno for not having the “good grace” to step aside for Conan to retain The Tonight Show. “The guy can’t read a room,” said this comic bitterly. “Jay is going to be damaged goods. He’s going to lose a piece of his audience. He can’t go home again.”
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