“I’m with Coco” pin visible at 3:03 at the top of the screen for a brief moment
Former Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash was the musical guest on last night’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In a sneaky show of Conan O’Brien solidarity, Slash wore a button on his leather jacket that read “I’m With Coco,” featuring an icon of the redheaded displaced Tonight Show host. Apparently, NBC tried to blur out the pin during the broadcast.
Slash pulled off the ultimate act of defiance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last night — dude rocked a Team Coco pin on the air during his performance at the end of the show.
Though it appears NBC tried to edit around the Conan O’Brien support symbol, a few shots of the pin still managed to make air.
Gawker, who has been loudly siding with Conan throughout this entire late night fiasco, was giddy to see the pin on the show.
Did Slash really wear an I’m with Coco pin on The Tonight Show last night? NBC doesn’t want you to know, but it’s true.
When Slash was booked to perform on last night’s Tonight Show, NBC surely didn’t think he would show up wearing an I’m with Coco pin. But, he did. Slash went on Leno’s show to proudly and somewhat brazenly show where his loyalties lay in the Late Night Wars.
As expected, Leno’s crew worked around the problem and did all they could do make sure that Slash’s pin didn’t get much camera time. In fact, it only made this brief cameo in the performance.
I think Jay Leno and NBC should expect more scenarios like this. There are still a lot of people out there who miss Conan and think that the was he was treated was really lame. When this all went down, I was hoping that many A-listers would refuse to go on the show with Jay, but that didn’t happen. Stars need to promote their projects, regardless of who’s sitting in the late night chair and how they got there, and the fact is, Jay’s ratings are now beating Letterman again. But I hope people won’t forget how Jay got “his” show back, and the very funny and hard-working guy who is now unemployed as a result. And shame on NBC for trying to block the pin out.