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NBC to Conan O'Brien -- The Choice Is Yours

1/8/2010 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NBC has given Conan O'Brien the option to either do his show from midnight to 1 or leave the network, sources tell TMZ.

Conan Obrien and Jay Leno

As TMZ first reported, after the Olympics, Jay Leno will get his 11:30 PM time period back. We're told network execs have told Conan they will let him decide if he wants the midnight to 1:00 AM time slot. If he does, Leno's show will only be a half hour. If Conan walks, Leno will get a full hour, informed sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say Conan has not decided what he wants. We do know he's pissed, because he was given no advanced warning this was coming. Conan's people told NBC they are considering the offer. Translation: Mr. O'Brien -- I have Rupert Murdoch on line one, Stephen McPherson on line two, John Landgraf on line three, Jeff Wachtel on line four ...

We're told if Conan gets another offer, even though NBC could block the move, they will let him go and give Leno the full hour.

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76.

jen    

Just don't know if Fox is where Conan should be. Fox is not loyal to its talent either.

1719 days ago
77.

jen    

LOL, thanks for the laugh holly

1719 days ago
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Ry    

this makes me so mad!! conan's been on 6 months, give him some more bloody time nbc. leno got his ass handed to him for 3 years by letterman when he first took over.

1719 days ago
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Ryan    

The issue is not Conan or Jay. The real issue is that some Exective got smart but wasn't too smart, his decisions came back to bite him the ass. Here is the deal, everyone knows that after Jay Leno went off air, everyone changed the channel to watch Conan. So the Network thought well if we can move Jay up and Conan to our network, then we have a win win situation. However, plan failed and now people are being jeapordized because of same lame ass who thinks he is smarter than everyone else.

1719 days ago
80.

skippyqsb    

Uh... commentor #61, Jen? It was commentor #58 who made the Chelsea Handler comment.
Now who's the idiot? LOL!!

BTW... I like #58's comment. I think Chelsea is AWESOME!! I've laughed more at her during any ONE of her shows as I have while watching Jay, Conan and Letterman over the last 10 years put together.

1719 days ago
81.

Ronald McDouchebag    

'3. The question is: WHO CARES???????? I don't, for sure!!!!!

Posted at 12:28AM on Jan 8th 2010 by Simone'

ummm, Simone, you must care enough to post you dimwit

1719 days ago
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Smooth Criminals    

Good! If Conan wanted an 11:30 slot, he should have gone to another network in the first place instead of trying to hijack the Tonight Show from Jay. Conan thought he could just slip into the #1 spot that Jay established with no problem. Too bad, so sad for him.

What goes around comes around, Conan.

1719 days ago
83.

tiger'smomaphonytoo    

Who cares what 2 what super rich people do for a living? Struggle to pay your bills, mortgage or rent, electric, food, gas, phone, etc. then tell me you REALLY care about these 2 SUPER RICH guys with mega egos...cry me a river somewhere else.

1719 days ago
84.

C Lay    

Conan should have never agreed to leave the "Late Show", become the "Tonight Show Host", move from New York to L.A., move his family, etc!!! He was more than successful as the "Late Show" host!! Now he's S.O.L and Jimmy Fallon has his (previously) successful late night spot!! Poor Conan!! We've always loved him!!! NBC sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks!!!!!!!!!! What idiots!! xoxo's from Dana Point, Ca!!!!

1719 days ago
85.

Rip It Up    

I believe TMZ's source is incorrect. Leno is pissed at NBC and may bolt to FOX.

1719 days ago
86.

Ry    

this just makes me so mad!!

i honestly just don't understand this move by nBS. leno got his ass handed to him for 3 years by letterman before things began to turn around.

conan has only been on for 6 months. give him some more bloody time nbc.

i hope conan leaves and gets snapped up by fox or abc. i will follow him wherever he goes and boycott nbc.

1719 days ago
87.

Ben    

This is about ratings and network affiliates unhappy with poor "lead in ratings" to their 11o'clock news shows. That's where the advertising dollars are. The only way this can work is if one of the three shows move to Fox at 11:30. I think it should be Fallon. Let him compete with Leno at 11:30. Fallon will get a much younger audience and do well. Leno will most likely do better in the ratings at 11:30 than he is now and Conan will stay in LA and do well at his old slot. Everyone of these guys are very very good show hosts.There is room for everyone. BTW Half hour show will not work. That is why someone will have to move.

1719 days ago
88.

niles    

It's time to walk away with some dignity, Conan. You've been NBC's doormat for a long time.

1719 days ago
89.

Blinko    

Jay Leno = Big fat unfunny ungracious piece of s**t. He's beyond rude to his guests and he is not funny or even worthy to be the host of any show. If you like Jay Leno, you are plain and simple a f***ing brainwashed sheep moron.

Conan = Comic genius. Consistently hilarious EVERY single show he has ever done. There is nobody like Conan, the guy is a class act.

F*** you Jay Leno. GO AWAY. Go rot in a ditch you douche bag. Ugh.

1719 days ago
90.

Karen    

It's about time for another change!The 10pm slot is too early for Mr.Leno.It would be wonderful to put him back into his regular time slot and he needs his full stage back.It's way too small.Sorry I am not a Conan O'Brien fan.

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