There Are No Medals for Decency in this Busines

I guess it's not surprising that if you can be classless to someone with very decent ratings, it's not surprising you can be the same to someone very decent, period.

Jay Leno and Tucker Carlson.

Very different, I know. One's a stand-up comedian. The other a stand-up guy.

One brings enormous revenue to an operation that needs it. The other, enormous class to an operation that doesn't deserve it.

I am not in the camp that says NBC has an agenda. I just wonder if it has a soul, because I cannot imagine for the life of me, former GE boss Jack Welch condoning such corporate clownsmanship.

Nor can I fathom present GE boss Jeff Immelt even knowing it. Because this is in neither boss's character to show such a lack of character toward a late night juggernaut who's owed a big thank you, and a classy MSNBC host who deserves far better than a dismissive "screw you."

Jay Leno is far and away TV's late night king. He's also TV's hardest worker. And for NBC, its greatest diplomat. No matter, Jay must make way for Conan O'Brien.

Conan's a very funny guy, but even he must sense, and worry, there's something funny about the comedy of errors marking this most demeaning of transitions. Because if it's happening to Jay with phenomenal ratings, what happens to Conan if they're not phenomenal ratings?

Yet that doesn't hold a candle to the god awful treatment of Tucker...that rare host who refused to take himself so seriously that he wouldn't entertain a dancing role, and now, a diminutive editorial one.

Clearly, there are no medals for decency in this business.

Pity this network of the Olympics wouldn't even qualify for such an event if there were.

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