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Conan is a cable guy now, but Emmy still likes him while neglecting Jay
As usual, Jay Leno wasn't feeling the Emmy love on Thursday morning.
But another late-night host who briefly wore the "Tonight Show" crown, Conan O'Brien, got a warm Emmy reception for his first season as a cable guy.
"Conan," which premiered last November on TBS, scored four Emmy Award nominations. These include outstanding variety, music or comedy series, as well as a best writing nod, and a nomination for outstanding lighting.
Team Coco even snagged an Emmy nomination for outstanding commercial ' the epic American Express promo that found Conan journeying to India in preparation for his new show (an ad that has since been viewed 2.5 million times on YouTube).
But Leno's Emmy neglect isn't quite as embarrassing as last year. Then, both versions of NBC's late-night institution ' Conan's and Jay's ' would have qualified for Emmys. "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" was nominated for best series and best writing. "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" came up dry. It won in 1995.