For anybody here who is too young to recall - or, perhaps, just wasn't interested in late night TV, at the time - it might help your perspective on the current Leno vs O'Brien mess if you get some background on the original Leno vs Letterman feud. Here's the full story of how Jay Leno took over the 'The Tonight Show' hosting gig from long-time host Johnny Carson, way back in 1993.
http://bit.ly/6FjAQq (complete article - NY Times; 1994)
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