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Late Night With Conan O'Brien!
When you're handing out awards during the end of an era, sometimes the result seems like a forgone conclusion. People forget that Conan O'Brien, who recently wrapped up a 16 year stint as host of NBC's Late Night, was anything but a foregone conclusion when he first came on the scene.
A complete unknown, O'Brien went from being a SNL comedy writer to becoming a pop culture icon. While other talk show hosts bend over backwards to prove how cool they are, Conan's coin has always been how cool he's not. A towering irish beanpole of blinding whiteness, Conan has left a legacy from which Jimmy Fallon is already struggling to escape.
Where do hardcore O'Brien fans go to meet and greet each other on the web? Horny Manatee, of course! This is the website that NBC launched after Conan ad-libbed a line involving the phrase "hornymanatee.com." NBC snapped up the site to make sure that no one else would use it to link objectionable content to their studio, and finally decided to put up some horny manatee-related content. The site has registered over 10 million hits, and you can check it out here.
After 20,000 audience votes, the audience favorite was "The Daily Show With John Stewart," with a decisive 47% of the vote.
The other nominees were "The Colbert Report," "Inside the Actor's Studio," and "Attack of the Show."