From H.O.P.E. Secretary of the Interior, Jingo Lemon:
Are you as scared as we are that when Conan's late night slot opens in '09 there's going to be a battle royale of boredom between bland show biz trouper Carson Daly and a groveling Craig Kilborn? Of course you are. Well, there's one man who is ready to do something about it: Onion writer Joe Garden. Joe has started a campaign to lay his stake to Conan's late night job. We at H.O.P.E. do not endorse anyone based on entertainment value, but we are all for Joe's effort to democratize late night. We encourage anyone with an artistic vision to bring their message directly to the people and that's what Joe is doing.
One of the biggest problems with the entertainment industry is the way decisions are made regarding talent and the difficulty for people not already in the system to gain access. Great talent of all varieties is frozen out as an ugly mix of cookie-cutter people with family members, friends, and neighbors in the business as well as those who schmooze, run in the right social circles, or buy their way in are given ample opportunity to fail and fail again.
If you're looking for proof that we're not going to find the best actors, writers and singers by choosing from this small group of people look no further than the damning evidence: the final products foisted on an increasingly disinterested public. It's with this in mind, that we continue to urge the public to reject bad entertainment and to stand up and make their voice heard.