The big bad bosses at NBC

conan13nw1 If you or I had mucked up the way the head honchos have at NBC, we’d be out of a job faster than you could hum the NBC chimes. Let’s recap…

Leno (who I personally think is the least funniest of the late night hosts) has the number one late night talk show on the air. Things are going so well, the folks at NBC say, “let’s fix it” – because we all know, no one can break anything that’s working, faster than a bad boss. They say, “Let’s skew for a younger audience and let’s save a gang of cash while we’re at it. We’ll cancel promising shows like Southland, move venerable favorites like the Law & Order franchise to the 9:00pm timeslot and ‘change the face of prime time.’”  Ok, so maybe those weren’t their exact words.

If by ‘change the face of prime time’ they meant put dozens of people out of work to ensure the continued employment of wealthy comedians and NBC execs, fail miserably at their new venture, and have to eat crow only months later, then NBC and it’s current team of decision makers are the most successful group of individuals ever to “grace” network television.

In all the shuffle, O’Brien’s lost his big dream of hosting The Tonight Show, Leno, although presumably returning to his 11:35pm slot, completely flopped and might want to start thinking about hanging it up, and Fallon, well Fallon has just become a footnote in all the brouhaha. When it’s all said and done, it is hard to feel sorry for these guys with their million dollar contracts and buy-out deals. Who I do wonder about is O’Brien’s staff and crew who picked up and moved to the other side of the country for this gig. What will they do now? I doubt if their contracts include million dollar clauses. And what about the slew of 10:00pm shows, stars, crew and crafts people who were all left without gigs months ago?

Who I’m not wondering about are the head honchos at NBC. If history is any indicator, even after a gi-normous mistake like this, their jobs will still be intact, as will their salaries and bonuses. It seems that even in late-night, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Tyra Banks a bad boss?

When Tyra Banks announced that she’d be ending her talk show this year to pursue movie production, people (those who cared anyway) immediately began wondering about the real reason for the end of the show. After all, with two Emmy’s under her belt and with Oprah as her mentor, many thought she would become the next talk show queen. Well if you believe some of her employees, Ms. Banks doesn’t have the management chops to run her million dollar empire, much less a talk show.

According to insiders, the Tyra Banks show has been plagued with high turnover for years. “She and the higher-ups on the production staff could be extremely brutal,” says the source. “She really is a diva.” Sources say it was her way or the highway. In our experience, that’s pretty typical bad boss behavior. But if reports that Banks and upper management frequently demeaned lower level staff and that some employees only learned that the show would be ending after the announcement had been made to the press are true, then Banks and her management team are treading into really bad boss territory.

Now some of the reports coming out might very well be sour grapes, but it wouldn’t be at all surprising to us if at least some of stories are true. After all, what management training does Banks have? Plus we all know that training alone isn’t enough to make someone a good boss.  We’re sure something close to the truth will shake out over the next few months, but we’re not holding our breath.

Source: Examiner

This just in, Kanye West is still a jackass

Kanye in full jackass mode

Kanye in full jackass mode

Sometimes, really bad behavior forces me to veer slightly off topic.  Usually it’s news from the entertainment world.  And last night, Kanye proved that he deserved to be talked about here, and is, in fact, still a jackass.  If you don’t believe me, watch the video link here. Kanye ran on stage during Taylor Swifts’ acceptance speech at last night’s VMAs to whine about Beyonce’s video deserving the award. Everyone, including Beyonce was shocked, and Swift looked humiliated.

The only excuse for this is if Kanye has a legitimate mental disorder.  But, I don’t think so. I think if his mug isn’t plastered everywhere on a regular basis, his ego just can’t handle it.  And, he’s brilliant, because here I am talking about him, and really, I couldn’t give a damn about Kanye West. And, wasn’t there a Michael Jackson tribute lat night?? He’s a genius for getting everybody to talk about him the night the VMAs have a tribute to MJ.

Thankfully, Beyonce saved the day when, after receiving her own award, she invited Swift on stage to finish her acceptance speech. I’m waiting for West to start asking us if a black man can’t get a break.  Our answer is, not when he acts like that.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled post for this off topic, but really bad…


…song and video by La Toya Jackson. I’m sorry people, but I could not resist.  What in the name of all that is good and holy is this? Latoya  says it’s a tribute to her brother Michael. I think Michael is rolling over in his grave and writing new lyrics for this “song.”  (Too soon? Is he even buried yet?)  After forcing myself to watch the video twice, I’ve made a list of questions/observations:

  1. Where’s the rest of La Toya’s nose?
  2. The dancing at the 4:00 minute mark…really? Seriously? From a Jackson?
  3. The lyrics. Who helped her write this? Is English their first language?
  4. Elevators all over the country are missing track six.
  5. Is that little girl supposed to represent LaToya, because LaToya didn’t start buying hair like that until she was much older.
  6. The song can be downloaded from ITunes and all proceeds go to AIDS Project LA.  Can we donate to the charity if she doesn’t sing?

Yes, it’s mean.  As penance, I’ll force myself to watch the video again and again.

Now back to our regularly scheduled really bad boss stories.

Don’t bring anyone mother into this…she aint here

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.  Who better to honor you with than Mr. T himself.  I’ll let his video and lyrics do all the talking because he’s so eloquent and you know…shiny.  I don’t remember this video. Either that or I blocked it out.  But, I am not ashamed to admit that I started tapping my feet halfway through.

How does this relate to Really Bad Boss? Mr. T should have fired his really bad agent right after he booked him this really bad gig and then again when he suggested Mr. T wear those really tight booty shorts.  Where’s the A-Team when you need them?  Well, at least his agent didn’t book him in Midgets vs. Mascots.

Another really bad idea from the bosses of reality tv, Workers vote on who gets laid off

really-bad-boss-stamp-of-approvalSomeone’s Gotta Go- We think its the execs over at FOX, but that’s actually the title of a new Fox network reality tv show currently in production. Each episode of Someone’s Gotta Go will feature a small business faced with lay-offs.  But instead of the boss deciding who’ll be let go, the company opens the books on everyone’s salaries and employees decide which one of their colleagues will get the boot. 

I don’t even know where to begin with what’s wrong with this scenario.  First of all, the world needs another reality TV show like Donald Trump needs more hair spray.  At this rate, we won’t be done with everyone’s 15 minutes of fame until around the year 2040.  Is America that celebrity obsessed that everyone has to become one?  Even worse than our celebrity obsession is the idea that network execs want to make money so badly that they are willing, even in this economy, to turn lay-offs into entertainment for mass consumption.   Over the past several months, I’ve watched heart wrenching news programs that follow families as they spiral into bankruptcy and foreclosure after a layoff.  Marriages end, children are displaced and people lose the sense of stability they’ve often worked their entire lives to achieve.  This is entertainment?  With unemployment levels poised to hit double digits – is this something we want to make sport of?

No word on whether or not the businesses that participate receive any sort of payment, but even if they do, for the bosses that own the companies involved, we think it’s a bad idea to sell your employees out for a little reality show fame and some cash.  And for the geniuses who came up with this really bad idea, poorly played indeed.  I hope this show gets laid off, and fast.

Learn more about the gem of a show here.