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FOX on Conan O'Brien -- We're Not Saying No...

1/8/2010 7:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Conan O'BrienConan O'Brien may have a late night option if the NBC thing doesn't work out -- TMZ has learned FOX isn't exactly backing away from the idea of bringing him to their network.

As we first reported, NBC is giving Conan the option of taking the midnight spot after Jay Leno, should he so choose.

But a source at FOX -- a logical landing point should Conan become a free agent -- tells TMZ that while they are "always interested in late night" and always "looking to bring great talent to FOX," Conan is still under contract with NBC, so FOX will "just have to see" what happens.

It's not a no.

One possible selling point FOX can make to Conan -- they can offer him an 11:00 PM time slot ... 35 full minutes before Jay or David Letterman take the air.

Stay tuned ...

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31.

mike    

Conan is terrible. Jay Leno was funnier and wittier, Conan might want to check this site out.... http://www.puahub.com

1727 days ago
32.

Ziggy    

NBC didn't give him long to settle in...that sucks.

1727 days ago
33.

smarfy    

Conan will go back to his old spot after Leno and Fallon will eat it.

1727 days ago
34.

bob    

NBC is stupid, they should at least give Conan a year to see how things play out. Adjustment takes time. Regardless I will follow Conan wherever or whenever he goes.

1727 days ago
35.

GINA    

that would be awsome to see conan on fox he is way funny and so much better than jay leno!

1727 days ago
36.

appaulledw    

I Blame Obama

Obama = Doh!

1727 days ago
37.

confucius    

CONAN WAS A WRITER, IS A WRITER, HE HAS THE GOD GIVEN TALENT. MY JOURNALISM PROFESSOR DID THE COMEDY CIRCUIT WITH HIM HE SAID "JAY LENO WAS NEVER FUNNY, JUST VERY ORGANIZED" CONAN ON THE OTHER HAND WAS A WRITER FOR THE SIMPSONS AND SNL. CONAN DESERVES BETTER THAN THIS.

1727 days ago
38.

Eric    

I like Conan better than those other two yahoo's and I like the idea of him being on at 11 instead of 11:35 as I'm usually snoozing by 12:15 or so and miss alot of the programs.

Healthy Eating Habits

1727 days ago
39.

J C    

NBC never really promoted Conan's show the way they should have or let cut loose and do his thing.
NBC has no creativity and are too restrictive on true talent.
Conan needs to move to FOX and grow to the next level.
NBC,ABC and CBS are for old liberal geezers.
Fox is where the sharp witted talent is all going.

1727 days ago
40.

moveover    

Over at Fox they can give Conan three hours a night and won't make him any better or funnier. In the 11:30p time slot .... he was 4th out of 4 in the ratings. Letterman beat him, Jimmy Kimmel beat him and even NIGHTLINE beat him. Why would Fox want to hire him to be 5th of 5 (now with Leno back)? Fox can be in last place in the ratings WITHOUT hiring him! I can't even understand why NBC is coddling him. They should pay off his contract or find something else for him to do.

1727 days ago
41.

Frank    

YES! Better off in FOX hope it happens Jay Leno is a malignent gwoth in NBC that will doom them better for COCO to GOGO

1727 days ago
42.

Sheila    

That available 11:00 PM nightly time slot on FOX you mention is yours, TMZ. TMZ is on at that time. You really want Conan on instead of you? (I do).

1727 days ago
43.

Natalie    

NBC handled this situation very badly. Jay Leno is history. He and NBC set-up Conan to fail. They advertised Leno's show far more often for his 10 p.m. slot. Conan O'Brien should come back to NY where he belongs, or go to FOX and slaughter the late nighters! He is far better talented and funny than Leno. Leno sickens me. Again, they set Conan up to fail. If the change goes through for Leno, may his show fail miserably! Shine on, Conan. We love you!

1727 days ago
44.

Mary Worth    

Jay Leno shoots for lowest common denominator in american society.
He knows exactly what he's doing, and is never disappointed by his calculations.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sixpack is his target audience; and he doesn't have to worry about anything like having much talent.
He's got them under his thumb!

1727 days ago
45.

tmzisfilth    

to all you idiots that keep on complaining that TMZ is on at the 11/10 spot, you do realize the filth that is TMZ live is a syndicated show, it's up to the local market when they actually put it on air. in my market TMZ isn't on til 330am on the CW network.

1727 days ago
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