Joe Queenan thinks Jay Leno is Hitler. Not in a genocidal way, but as part of a lengthy metaphor in which the current Late Night battles are The Munich Pact of 1938, Leno is Der Fuhrer, NBC is Chamberlain, and Conan is Czechoslovakia. According to Monday’s Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page:
In acquiescing to Mr. Leno’s sotto voce demands to annex one-half of “The Tonight Show,” NBC thought it could put the whole ugly controversy to rest. Wrong. Interpreting generosity as weakness, Mr. Leno began to maneuver for complete control of “The Tonight Show.” Here he was again taking his cue from der Fuhrer, manipulating his outgunned adversary into a position so humiliating he literally had no choice but to surrender. Just as Edward Beneš, president of Czechoslovakia, was forced to abandon ship once he had been betrayed by his erstwhile allies, Mr. O’Brien was forced to abdicate and cede his entire one-hour program to the man he had replaced.
If you’re a graying history buff who likes to stay up for The Jay Leno Show, you’ll find this whole piece hilarious! (Unless you’re a graying, Jewish history buff, in which case you or someone you love probably spent time in a concentration camp.) Otherwise, Conan’s off the air, so let Nancy Franklin have the last word here until Conan announces a new show on Fox.