No reporter covered the controversial Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien battle for 'The Tonight Show' more extensively than Bill Carter of The New York Times. This month, the veteran reporter and writer unveiled 'The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy,' which chronicles in unparalleled detail the behind-the-scenes story of one of the biggest -- and ugliest -- fiascos in late night history.

Carter talks to PopEater about his book, which gives readers a unique insider's look at NBC's messy and much-criticized 2009 decision to move Leno to 10PM so that O'Brien could take over 'Tonight.' When ratings for both shows plummeted -- and local NBC affiliates threatened to not carry Leno's talk show in prime time -- NBC decided to send the late night king back to the 11:35PM spot with 'The Jay Leno Show' and nudge O'Brien and 'Tonight' to midnight. And that's when the real drama began ...