The Quiet Agony of Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste

Things have changed.

Right at the beginning of Obama’s first term, there was a major shakeup in the late night lineup. Networks were likely feeling the impending cultural shift in the country. Jay Leno was set to retire, Conan O’Brien was to ceremoniously take take the mantel as the rightful heir to the throne that his hero Johnny Carson had occupied decades earlier at the Tonight Show. And Jimmy Fallon was slated to step in and take over Conan’s Late Night time slot. We know how that all played out.

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