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NBC Confirms O'Brien Will Exit 'The Tonight Show'; Jay Leno to Return

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 21st 2010 7:39AM
Conan O'BrienIt's all over.

After weeks of feuding and negotiations, NBC has finally reached a deal with 'Tonight Show' host Conan O'Brien. According to the NY Times, O'Brien will leave the show as expected and will be replaced by his predecessor, Jay Leno.

As part of the deal, Conan will receive more than $33 million, with the rest going to his staff.Conan O'BrienIt's all over.

After weeks of feuding and negotiations, NBC has finally reached a deal with 'Tonight Show' host Conan O'Brien. According to the NY Times, O'Brien will leave the show as expected and will be replaced by his predecessor, Jay Leno.

As part of the deal, Conan will receive more than $33 million, with the rest going to his staff.

The report was confirmed to the Wrap this morning by O'Brien's manager, Gavin Polone.

"In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket. Now he just wants to get back on the air as quickly as possible."

Conan's last show will be this Friday, with guests Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks and Neil Young. Leno is expected to return to the 'Tonight Show' after the Olympics, on March 1.

In the meantime, the Live Feed reports that Conan will be able to return to the airwaves as early as September (are you listening, Fox?)

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