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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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91.

Blinko    

Karen, that's because you're an idiot. You think jay Leno is funny? Give me a ****ing break you sheep.

1713 days ago
92.

Lisa    

Everyone that thinks Howard Stern is an idiot should be eating their hats. He stated the first day Leno started this 10 pm show that this would happen. He watched the ratings for Leno tank everyday. Reruns of Sponge Bob Square Pants were beating him in ratings. Goodbye Leno. He is not the nice guy that he portrays. Only one person here remembered what happened to Letterman. Conan was safer where he was but he wasn't given any choice, let's remember who is running ALL the shows there. Jay Leno had a sucky show but he also made sure the entire country stopped watching local news affiliates right after his show. He can't be there anymore. Let him go home to Mavis. She's been alone for enough decades.

1713 days ago
93.

Smooth Criminals    

Ry, you're full of it. Jay consistently got better ratings than Letterman. After Conan took over, Night Line was the highest rated show, then Letterman, then O'Brien. Letterman's ratings spiked after his scandal--temporarily. Conan was last in the network ratings. That's why he's being shown the door. I doubt he will take NBC's offer. It's humiliating. I have no sympathy for Conan. He didn't care when NBC stuck it to Jay as long as he benefited from it.

1713 days ago
94.

skippyqsb    

#48... Dave
If it wasn't for Jay, the Tonight Show would have had Johnny for longer than it did. Don't forget, Jay and NBC stabbed Johnny in the back and were going to announce his being cancelled and Jay getting the Tonight Show. Johnny found out and announced his retirement and made the date one that NBC and Jay would not be ready for.
What goes around comes around.
Jay is washed up. His ratings were bad the last couple years on the Tonight Show, they were worse while he was on at 10pm. Conan isn't great, but atleast he's doesn't have the same God complex Jay has. Conan and Fallon aren't funny, but atleast they enjoy their guests and treat them with respect. Jay is a horrible interviewer. I mean who cares that someone tripped over their shoelaces when they were 6 years old, 40 years ago.
"Uh, something happened to you, when you were walking into a grocery store? Weren't you like six? I'll give you a hint... shoelaces"
I mean c'mon! He doesn't go to movies so he has to cover for not being able to talk about it by bringing up stupid stuff like this. No, Jay needs to go. We need to be free of him.
Johnny is looking down laughing his *** off!!

1713 days ago
95.

Joanne    

I have a great idea! Dump Ellen from "American Idol" and put Conan there. I think there would be a better camaraderie between Conan and Simon than of Ellen and Simon; of which there would be NONE..

1713 days ago
96.

yazzie    

FINALLY THE RIGHT MOVE!!!! JAY LENO has more talent than the other guy Connan. That was a huge mistake taking Jay out of that time spot period end of story. WELCOME HOME JAY where you should have stayed all along!

1713 days ago
97.

Smooth Criminals    

Johnny Carson was dry and stale by the time he retired. There were only 3 networks in his hay day--no comparison.

Johnny raised holy hell when Joan Rivers got a talk show opposite him.

Carson was a real egomaniac.

1713 days ago
98.

yazzie    

Kimmy i knew they would bring Jay back and they should have never ever let him go from there. Things were better off the way they were before they had this bright idea. Jay was chosen by Johnny Carson himself to take over for the Tonite Show and Jay had done a great job and then Connan the joker came and just semed to bring a careless act to the name of Johnny and the tonite show. Connan is NOT at all humorous and i am happy someone has waken up to it come on now HURRY BACK JAY LENO YOUR THE MAN FOR THE SPOT! ALAWYS.

1713 days ago
99.

masha    

the late shift part 2. jay's victims, first letterman, now conan. that guy's an a**. no wonder carson hated his guts.

leno wasnt beating letterman early on. so why are they shafting conan this early? no wonder nbc is in last place.

1713 days ago
100.

Ry    

@ post #82 - Smooth Criminals

listen jackass, it's been well publicized leno was second fiddle to letterman from 92-95. hence, why i said his FIRST 3 YEARS. leno didn't turn it around till the infamous hugh grant interview. get your facts straight.

i understand leno won consistently after that. but nbc gave him 3 years. they're giving conan 6 months.

and also, as #83 said... leno backstabbed carson back in the day too. go read "the late shift" and find out what really happened.

guess you'll enjoy the bland leno humour again. i'll follow the cutting edge o'brien humour.

1713 days ago
101.

masha    

hey sammy, carson wanted letterman but leno and his manager forced johnny's hand. carson didnt like leno to say the least.

1713 days ago
102.

yazzie    

I like both BUT Jay Leno is a better choice for that spot. Connan needs to do another sitcom and he was good at that. GO LENO LOVE TO YA.

1713 days ago
103.

mo    

NBC created this mess years back conan was approched by ABC and Fox but NBC wanted him to stay on so they had this agreement figuring JAytime would be over in 5 years. so they told conan if he stated on he would get to host the tonight show in 2009.Conan should have left when he had teh chance NBC has screwed him over in this hole deal. they kept jay on and put him on before conan and people are not watching the show so they are turn NBC off at 10:00 and going to another network or cable channel

1713 days ago
104.

masha    

newsflash: leno is not a nice guy. he WANTS to seem like a nice guy but he went along with the way his manager/agent scre*** carson and letterman so they could get their grubby hands on the tonight show.

1713 days ago
105.

yazzie    

Connan has NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO class at all. He is NOT at all funny nor gifted. Kep him behind the sences. Best luck to all. Johnny Carson did to want Leno and Letterman was a choice but Johnny did like Leno best F.Y.I this is true really. Joan Rivers at one time was to take over but she dissed Johnny.

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