On his last segment of his final show Conan O'Brien tried to leave with some kind of inspirational message, thanking NBC for letting him remain there for 20 years and telling his listeners not to be cynical. I take offense to that message. O'Brien especially should realize that people in the end are not all good-natured. Sure you never get everything you wanted, as he noted, but being kind only makes you a doormat. You think Jay Leno got to where he was by yielding to David Letterman? There's a reason Letterman had to jettison NBC, because Leno played hardball. He stomped on toes. He spied on an executive meeting hiding in a fucking closet for fuck's sake! Why Conan decided to leave on such a bullshit note is beyond me. The real lesson from his short-lived program is you need to place balls in a vice if you want to hold onto anything, otherwise you'll get chewed up and spat out so someone else can try to get ahead.