"...'Late Night With Conan O'Brien,' an hour of aimless dawdle masquerading as a TV program and airing at 12:35 each weeknight on NBC...he's the host who should never have come...clearly he should be the head writer of the show, not the star...O'Brien is a kind of walking shambles all by himself"
- Tom Shales, well read TV critic in the Washington post, in 1993 after Conan's first show
The path to doing something great is going to be littered with people who don't like what you do. You're going to have to walk around them.
Found a bit more about Conan and his first critics during his 2000 Harvard commencement speech.