To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism -- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere.
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen.
Now, the hard question: was O'Brien's decision to reject NBC's offer to continue to host The Tonight Show at 12:05 am (a) correct, no matter what, as a matter of principle and dignity or (b) only the correct move if he lands an appropriate new perch? Fox at 11pm is not guaranteed to happen, and if not that, then what?
added video: Hanks and O'Brien in the Five-Timers Club (1990); Jimmy Fallon says goodbye.