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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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76.

RJS    

It is the format (and guests) on both shows that have not been that funny. They both were funnier in their old formats. Conan was very funny when he was on later and doing East coast humor vs. West coast. The networks should take all that into consideration. You can take the boy out of the East, but you can't take the East out of the boy....

1657 days ago
77.

He's just another Idiot    

Who watches Conan? Judging by his silly fans on here, they must be Junior High School kids. Do your home work and go to bed, children.

1657 days ago
78.

Red    

If Conan goes to FOX i wonder if they will let him bring the masturbating bear on the show! If they do he should take the deal, totally worth it!

1657 days ago
79.

Red    

If Conan goes to FOX i wonder if they will let him bring the masturbating bear with him! If they do he should take the deal, totally worth it!

1657 days ago
80.

karma    

Anyone know how long it took for Leno to pull his ratings up on "The Tonight Show" after Carson left? Overnight success, like he was in Primetime? Nothing would have been said if Leno would not have been killing the news stations lead-in.

1657 days ago
81.

justSAYIN    

On Tuesday night, Letterman edged past O'Brien in the overnight household ratings (3.4 rating/8 share vs. 2.9 rating/7 share) for the first time since O'Brien took over his show, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.

source: LA times

...you have the right to your opinion but not the right to your own facts!

1657 days ago
82.

Jake    

It's not "short sided" thinking like somebody called it, because Leno is workaholic. He doesn't stop working ever. He will never retire. He's like wrestler Ric Flair, If he stopped working he would kill himself.

1657 days ago
83.

Carolyn    

Check out this illustration I did of Jay and Conan: http://www.curls-studio.com/sketchbeforesleep/?p=36

1657 days ago
84.

UGGGGHHH    

Conan is already WASHED UP. BYE BYE, GOOD RIDDANCE CONAN OBRIEN!!!!!!!!

Its the TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JAY LENO..............

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

Welcome back JAY LENO
THE AUDIENCE LOVES YOU.
THE WORLD LOVES YOU


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1657 days ago
85.

hehe    

lol you can tell by reading the comments that all the leno fans are old, conservative fuddy-duddies.

leno's show may be funny, but the man himself is not. there is a big difference. off-the-cuff, he is witless and corny. even kevin eubanks is funnier and has more spontaneous zingers than leno.

1657 days ago
86.

jonhomesclock    

Conan, get in a time machine and go back to the 1950s. Buffalo Bob wants to give you a talk show with Howdy Doody as your side kick.

1657 days ago
87.

FABIO    

CONAN doesn't have the chops to be a #1 late night host. His ratings on the Tonight Show prove me right.

NBC screwed up when they moved him to 11:30 PM...

1657 days ago
88.

DrTruth    

Hehe, you can tell by reading the comments that fools who support Conan are young US end days losers from generation bohemian psycho who won't even get the chance to grow old due to global warming. Things today are so bad that instead of being ageist, you should jump in a time machine and live in the past when pop culture was sane, talented and civilized. It's too late for you, Generation Suck. The best of America is in the rear view mirror. And modernism is the pits. And so as hot Chelsea Handler would say, suck on it!

1657 days ago
89.

UGGGGHHH    

I will be shutting my tv off @ 11:30pm.

Good night conan you loser

1657 days ago
90.

YouPeopleAreSick    

YES!!! Fox would be PERFECT for Conan (btw, get it right, it's CONAN, *NOT* CONNAN, ALREADY)!

Think not of the cheesy, "Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire" Fox, but of "The Simpsons" (whom Conan wrote for), "Family Guy" Fox--so he would (hopefully) get away with SO much more than NBC has allowed (perhaps on purpose, because douche bag Leno wanted to say, "Just Kiddin'" on his retirement)!!!

Run, Conan, don't walk from (even in LENO'S OWN WORDS from his recent monologue), "(N)ever (B)elieve your (C)ontract!"

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