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With Conan All But Out the Door; NBC Goes On The Attack

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Why not end the week with the latest on the late night television wars? After watching its own late night show host lambaste the network for the last several nights, NBC has shot back at Conan O’Brien, in the form of some aggressive quotes from NBC Sports head Dick Ebersol [pictured] in The New York Times.

“What this is really all about is an astounding failure by Conan,” said Ebersol, adding, “we bet on the wrong guy.” To be fair, NBC also bet Leno would succeed at 10p.m., something they backed up with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign.

Even if O’Brien heads out the door relatively soon, NBC PR will continue to face enormous challenges, for example today’s headline from Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman: “NBC head Zucker: Why is he still there?

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