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

1/8/2010 8:10 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.

Stay tuned ...


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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.

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91.

Nick    

I hope if they bring back Leno NBC tanks completely.

Conan is great...Leno sucks. End of story.

1664 days ago
92.

Themman    

Connan's got to go, just too boring. Nothing funny here. Put Leno back where he came from. Letterman is a total jerk. Why any one with any brain at all would watch his garbage of a show is beyond me. Replace Letterman (who I do not watch, he's just too stupid) with Andy Rooney. Andy can put just about any one to sleep. Sell all your stock of sleep aids, if Andy gets the seat!

1664 days ago
93.

Barb    

It would serve NBC right if Leno quit them completely and went opposite Conan. They took a number one star and treated him badly. They deserve whatever they get.

1664 days ago
94.

J    

I agree with Dan, "who was the brain that thought of it, doomed from the start..."
Leno has gotten egocentric and corny

1664 days ago
95.

vinnie    

Out of all of the late nite channel shows ----- Jimmie Fallon has the most raw talent and is the most natural entertainer in the business. I hope the network doesn't plan there programs just around Leno and Conan. Fallon is the closest thing to a long term "Carson" type of host!!!! Go Fallon !!!!!!!!

1664 days ago
96.

Ruth    

Conan is the biggest NO TALENT. He hasn't got a funny bone in his body. No Loss, he's awful.

1664 days ago
97.

Richard    

When Leno left so did I. Conan is one of the silliest people in television. Get rid of him NOW.

1664 days ago
98.

autumngal    

When NBC decided to save money and sacrifice entertainment by putting Leno at 10 PM, they sunk their network. The only reason they are trying to make changes is because local stations are complaining about drop in ratings for 11 PM News because of the weak lead in from Leno I hate Leno's moronic Jay walking spots. He needs to just retire. I liked Conan at 12:30 but I don't think he works at 11:30. They need to reinvent their late night lineup.

It is a shame that the network that brought us Hill Street Blues, LA Law, St. Elsewhere, ER, and Southland (which they canceled--thanks TNT for resurrecting) has fallen on such hard times.

1664 days ago
99.

Red    

First of all NBC made a big and stupid mistake by removing Leno from the Tonight Show and giving the job to Conan who is the most unfunniest person. If Conan does decide to stay with NBC, I think it is unfair to only give Leno a half hour show, that is ridiculous. It needs to be an hour with Leno. NBC is trying to appease Conan who is not worth the bother and is not talented. I couldn't stand him when he had the show after the Tonight Show and it has been proven by the drop in the ratings that people do not like him. I think NBC is trying to sabotage themselves lately with all their ignorant and ridiculous decision such as cancelling Southland. The L&O and L&O: Svu and the Sunday Night Football are the only shows I watch on NBC now. If the L&Os go off well goodbye NBC except for the NFL football games on Sunday night.

1664 days ago
100.

Jenny    

i've loved watching conan since i was little. jay is washed up and thats the reason his show is tanking. why do they think giving his time slot back will help him?? only old people watch his show and if they don't watch him at 9, why would they watch him at 10? conan is different and he's cool. he deserves the tonight show.

1664 days ago
101.

scotty    

WHO CARES??? These people are just actors! What is so damn interesting??? They have done nothing worthwhile on this planet. Is reading about the lives of celebrities really the most interesting thing that happens in your lives??? Why don't you people learn about things that are actually interesting, like the LHC, biochemistry, or anything else that has relevance in this universe. People are out there putting cold hard effort into engineering beautiful machines, spending 12 hours a day looking for cures, and mastering the most difficult math known to man to understand where we came from, and the top headline is something about Brittany's boob job

1664 days ago
102.

Uncledickierc    

I think the house cleaning should extend to the "ding-wizzies" that
put this whole scenario together in the first place.

1664 days ago
103.

BLARTERdTURD    

If Leno is polished..., then he's a polished turd.. As tired as his mediocre material, he should be laid to rest somewhere in the Midwest where his act passes the time between beating up homosexuals and protesting health care for the sick and needy.
This just further proves that the vast majority of people are morons.
Way to go America!

1664 days ago
104.

chris    

great news jay coming back never could stand conan

1664 days ago
105.

Yvonne    

Wow...so harsh! Leno's cool and so is Conan. I do miss seeing Triumph! Is it possible to put everything back the way it was?

1664 days ago
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