Saturday, January 23, 2010

Classy Co Co...

No this is not a post about Co CO Chanel… but more about Conan O’Brien, late night talk show host. As we head into 2010 maybe we can taken Conan’s dignity, his class and his words of wisdom and use them as a guide to our own life while we wait for our turn to ride the bull, lasso the cow or just be the clown in our own rodeo of life.

Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Conan O’Brien, I didn’t write NBC to keep his show on nor did I camp out to be a part of his last performance. None the less I caught his finale last night and in case you missed it, here was Conan’s final speech as he said good night to the Tonight Show.

"Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting The Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I've had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we'll find a way to make it fun.

And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.

To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. 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."


Queenie Jeannie said...

Wow! What a really classy speech! I'm not really a fan of his brand of humor, but you know that really took guts to stand up and say all that. From what little I've heard, he really got the shaft, but is laughing all the way to the bank!

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Jessica said...

The moral of the story here is the old adage:
Life is 10% of what happens and 90%of how you react to it.
He's going to be just fine as no doubt, he's sitting on the right side of the wo-is-me-fence.

If you ask me....I say saddle up that bucking horse and throw me in the nares of life.

Change happens, it's how we react to change that determines how it affects us. With the exception of change for change sake, change brings opportunities. The challenge is to recognise this, identify the opportunities, and "savour the adventure" they present.