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12 Winners in the Late-Night Wars

With Conan’s severance package set and his last Tonight Show just hours away, and Jay Leno poised to return to his life’s work — making sure 11:30pm is free for humor that Rick Dees would deem “too on the nose” — it’s clear just who lost in this whole debacle. (Wait, is “comedy” a who or a what?) But who came out a winner in all this? Here are an even dozen who should thank Jeff Zucker personally … though we recommend they don’t do it in person, as we hear the bad judgment he breathes is hard to get out of your clothing.

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12 Winners in the Late-Night Wars