I did not watch a lot of Conan, before or while he was on The Tonight Show, but I think his ousting really stank. It shows that even celebrity players get the messy end of the shit stick occasionally.
I think that the theme “sometimes, you get screwed, hard – and through no fault of your own” gives me some comfort – at least it seems pretty universal, as opposed to just happening to me, or in my line of work.
What made me a huge fan of Conan O’Brien was part of his exit speech as he left. I have definitely internalized these words and his sentiment.
Without further ado:
“All I ask of you, especially young people . . . is one thing. Please don’t be cynical,” O’Brien said. “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. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.”