Exactly. This is NBC's fault.
Jay said on TV a week back or so that NBC came to him in 2004 and told him that other networks wanted Conan with offers and they wanted to give him the Tonight Show. Jay said "well I am number 1" and they said "we don't think you can keep it number 1 for the next 5 years". Then Jay said "can't you just wait until I'm number 2 then cancel me?" They said No so Jay said I guess I'll just say I'll retire from it to avoid a hastle They were dead set on Conan having the Tonight show pretty much sums up what Jay said.
5 years go by. Jay is still number 1. He leaves. He still has 6 months on his contract. And like anybody else when you have been tired, you woudl at least like to be out of your contract. He said he asked but NBC refused and said lets put you on prime time then. Jay said it would never work and would fail and that was a bad idea. NBC said otherwise. So they did that.
Summer goes by. Conan starts loosing to Dave Letterman and tied in the demo during the summer. Lost 50% of the audience just over the summer.
Jay comes on, doesn't do that much difference. Pulls in similar of his old Tonight Show numbers.
Hence comes the problem. The affiliates get really mad. And fit hits the shan so NBC pulls the plug on the Jay show to be done Feb 12th.
BUT Jay said that he wanted out of his contract again since they now fired him twice from a show so he coudl do whatever. NBC refused again. Next idea
Put Jay on at 11:35 for a half hour show Put Tonight Show Conan on at 12:05. Fit hits the shan again. Conan says no no no I would rather leave first, says Tonight show is suppose to be at 11:35 but found out that is not even written in the contract for a specific time. NBC had the "right" to do that on paper.
I think we all know what happens after that.
That's about the most non BS way I can explain that. Which is better than what some of these "team coco" and "team jay" and team Twilight crap people are saying.
All in all. Who is to blame? NBC.