Jay Leno is ready to move on. Conan O'Brien's fans…not so much.
Hours after Team CoCo staged a protest at Universal Studios Monday, Leno took to his
soon-to-be Tonight Show Jay Leno Show stage to play peacemaker.
Hundreds of O'Brien fans braved pouring rain outside The Tonight Show set, chanting "Jay Leno sucks!" as a fan dressed as Leno ran around. (No, that fan was not Jimmy Kimmel, who made it clear whose side he was on last week.)
O'Brien himself appeared on the roof to wave to fans, and his staff passed out pizza to the crowd below.
For his part Leno seemed all but ready to reassume his position at 11:35 and asked his fans to take the heat off O'Brien…and put it on NBC.
"Don't blame Conan O'Brien," Leno said at the open of Monday's show. "Nice guy, good family guy, great guy…through all of this Conan O'Brien has been a gentleman. He's a good guy. I have no animosity towards him. This is all business."