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God Bless Jay Leno

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LAist wants to thank Jay Leno.

Announced today in the papers and tonight on his very own show "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Jay Leno made the announcement that he would be retiring from late night television in 2009 and giving his beloved spot to none other than Conan O'Brien.

And while LAist screamed giddily like a little girl upon hearing the O'Brien news, what we'd really like to know is why Leno must continue to torture America for another five long arduous years. His announcement today can be likened to having your doctor tell you that the bullet lodged in your skull, which causes you unbearable pain on a daily basis, will be removed in, oh I don't know, about three months.

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Why not leave the show now and work out some profit sharing business with O'Brien? Why not leave the show titled as is to retain some of your money (because we know that's what it's all about) and give America what they really want? Why tease us with an event that will not occur for (in case we already didn't say it) five long, painful, excruciating years?

In the end, LAist knows that something is better than nothing... But when something is nothing, it's really hard to see the forest from the trees.