Jan 17, 2010 10:07 AM by Associated Press

Leno-O'Brien troubles become SNL fodder

"Saturday Night Live" weighed in on the Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien late-night brouhaha even though the show's executive producer has had close ties to O'Brien.

In SNL's opening sketch last night, cast members playing Leno and O'Brien were shown appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live." O'Brien was portrayed as somewhat humorless, while Leno needed to be cut off from automatically going into a monologue. Another cast member playing CBS's David Letterman giggled and threw pencils at the camera.

The executive producer of "Saturday Night Live," Lorne Michaels, was also executive producer for O'Brien before he took over NBC's "Tonight" show.

NBC is canceling Leno's 10 p.m. program, and wants him to return to 11:35 p.m., pushing O'Brien back a half-hour. O'Brien has refused, and is expected to leave the show.




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