A little less than a year after getting bumped from his 11 p.m. time slot to make way for Conan, George Lopez is officially out of a job. TBS canceled Lopez Tonight yesterday.

Is Conan to blame? Vulture says no.

Hardly. Fact is, while some pundits tried to spin Conan O’Brien’s bumping of Lopez Tonight to midnight a little under a year ago as a demotion for Lopez, if anything, it was a life preserver. Lopez Tonight was turning in mediocre numbers when it aired at 11 p.m. and its renewal for a season two was hardly assured before O’Brien entered the picture. It’s possible TBS might have given the show another season — it costs less to produce that O’Brien’s show — but, most likely, Lopez would’ve almost certainly ended up where it is today: canceled.

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