Morning Roundup: Catoe, a Copped Plea, and Leno to Conan: “You’re Welcome”
Good morning, and welcome back to Freedom Friday! That is, if you're John Catoe.
Metro's general manager told the WMATA board he's out, as of April 2. This unexpected news prompted quite a diverse reaction. Said Christopher Zimmerman, who sits on the board and wanted Catoe to stay: "I do think we had the very best person." Said one D.C.-based Twitterer: "FINALLY! I already feel safer."
Now, of course, the question, as Loose Lips put it so eloquently last night, is: Who in the hell would want this job?
Speaking of freedom, the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas—who was charged yesterday with felony gun possession—has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, the Washington Post reports. The felony carries a maximum five-year sentence, but the little deal Agent Zero struck could significantly reduce the time he spends behind bars or possibly even spare him jail time altogether. Talk about Freedom Friday!
Arenas is set to appear in D.C. Superior Court this afternoon before Judge Robert E. Morin, who will decide his sentence. Hopefully it goes Gilbert's way, so he can start tweeting again. (Going to his Web site and hitting "Click Here to Enter the World of Gilbert Arenas" has taken on a whole new meaning.) Stay tuned as we follow this.
In other news, a top executive at NBC, Dick Ebersol, has blamed Conan O'Brien for the network's late-night ratings troubles, saying "what this is really all about is an astounding failure by Conan.” He also called Conan "chicken-hearted and gutless." Chicken-hearted: Now there's a word you don't hear every day.
Jay Leno, for his part, spoke directly to O'Brien in his monologue last night: “With all the controversy going on here at NBC, actually, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’s ratings have gone up. So you’re welcome.”
Conan is going to keep taping "until someone tells him not to."
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