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NBC is close to letting Conan go

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 15th 2010 8:02AM
Conan O'BrienIt appears that NBC is going to hold Conan O'Brien to his word and allow him to leave the network, now that Jay Leno will move back to 11:30 p.m. barring some unforeseen hiccup like a global apocalypse or Jesus becoming Conan's new agent.

The Daily Beast reports that "knowledegable sources" said that if Conan leaves the network, he will be free to appear on other networks under his NBC contract and interested parties are negotiating a payout.

Apparently, the whole mess started by NBC, beyond their going back on their word that Conan could keep The Tonight Show, was over the size of the payout for Conan. The sources don't say the size or even the range of the payout, but rest assured that the actual amount could totally cover the tab you racked up at your local Hooters. You know who you are.

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HARRY05641

KEEP LENO ON 11:30

January 19 2010 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrissthomas

I have started a cause of facebook to boycott NBC during sweeps. If we can get enough people to stop watching and it effects their ratings then maybe they will realize pushing Conan out was a bad move. If you are on facebook go to causes and search "Boytcott NBC for Sweeps" join and then invite all your friends to join.

January 17 2010 at 7:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
H

They could just let Conan keep The Tonight Show in the earlier slot and force Jay to follow him later; that would solve the payout issue and leave Jay to run a show with less pressure than the earlier time slot.

January 15 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca

I have found Leno boring way back since he took over the Tonight Show. He kisses up to his guests and isn't that funny IMO. I don't buy the "nice guy" image either, since his people forced Carson out way back when and then his show refused to book anyone who was on another talk show until the protests made him look too bad. He was the boss and can't pass the buck on that as far as I'm concerned. I'm definitely "Team Leno" on this dispute, but I do have to say one thing about Leno refusing to retire, he didn't ask to leave the Tonight Show, it was thrust upon him by NBC. I don't blame Conan or NBC there. Conan was understandably ready to move from the late night spot and NBC went with the younger demographic. But the stupidity of having a talk show at 10 pm five nights a week for Leno was something even civilians could see coming. You can't blame Leno for refusing to retire just because he lost his show, but if he or the network had any sense, they would have found him an entirely new type of show if he chose to stay at NBC. He could have hosted a reality show (and held a piece of it like Simon Cowell does with AI) or done a show with celebrity vehicles and gadgets for us to be jealous of. He could done a faux news show weekly, hosting the show and doing celebrity interviews in some (but not all) segments. They could have thought up lots of ideas that would be profitable and kept him in front of the public. Whoever runs NBC has no imagination and less foresight. (And should be selling toasters not running a Television network.)

January 15 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rose

I can't believe that anyone would think it's right what Jay Leno is doing. He reminds you of a spoiled brat who has to get his way. He has no "Class." Anyone with a memory remembers how he screwed over and back-stabbed David Letterman years ago. All I can say is long live Letterman and now long live Conan. I would never watch Jay Leno no matter what time his show is on.

January 15 2010 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kesey

It'll be interesting to see if there are any celebrities that feel the same way. It'd be great to see Jay only able to get d-list celebs.

January 15 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
_

Leno should have retired as originally planned. I will never watch Leno on TV ever again, but most definitely will stay up to watch Conan. Conan is a classy guy, truly funny, truly intelligent. Can't say the same for liar Leno. Oh- and Zucker needs to be handed his ass on a platter- what an idiot! Zucker is a typical corporate example of being promoted beyond one's capabilities.

January 15 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guido

Jay just shows how big a loser he is, by basically stealing Conan's job after fakingly "passing the torch" to him.. what a joke he is.

Hopefully Conan goes to Fox and then he can really push the envelope and beat Jay - and maybe Dave in the ratings.

January 15 2010 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kikstad

Hate to see Conan go. Leno is really coming across as the villain in all this.

-- Nick
from City of Kik
http://nickleshi.blogspot.com

January 15 2010 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

I have never been a Conan fan but his treatment by NBC is the pits.

January 15 2010 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jesse

I used to watch Leno and Conan all the damn time and while I never found Leno that funny he wasn't horribly offensive. I will never watch his show now. NBC handled this poorly but Leno pulled an epic dick move by being complacent. Leno should have just retired gracefully, he had damn near 20 years as the host.

January 15 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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