Later in the night, Conan O’Brien, whose heralded arrival at TBS shifted Lopez to a later timeslot, honored his gracious neighbor and mourned the loss of the show. “Had it not been for George being so incredibly supportive of me I would not have come to TBS,” O’Brien said after the first commercial break. “It makes me really sad that TBS and George could not work this out … so tonight all of our thoughts are with George and his staff and his crew.”
A class act, Conan is. Lopez’s sacrifice probably cost his show its momentum and ultimately, its ratings. And Conan’s the first person to point that out.