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Jay Leno Predicts Conan's Future

1/10/2010 1:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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31.

zippy    

hahahahaha no comment is no comment haha too funny, great story guys,

1560 days ago
32.

victor the crab    

Jay Leno is a lowlife, backstabbing, humorless weasel. And anyone who thinks he's funny obviously has no sense of humor, whatsoever.

1560 days ago
33.

ConanLeno    

I think that the picture is supposed to be a joke. While it is Leno giving the "peace" sign, the joke is that he is saying Conan is "number two" to him. I think it is an appropriate joke as, like Leno, it is not the least bit funny.

1560 days ago
34.

Edwood    

I'm spinning in my grave because what Jay did to my show.

He replaced me with a stuttering fool.

Jay's a douche.

1560 days ago
35.

I love him!    

Good lord, is he an electrician? He looks just like my dad, (old man), same hair, same clothes, only difference is my dad would have only held up one finger.

1560 days ago
36.

samper    

Channel 2 is the Fox affiliate in MANY markets... could be Fox related.

Could be nothing.

I don't really care... if I watch anything it's Letterman/Ferguson.

What a collassal mistake on NBC's part... they'll have to buy out Conan to the tune of $80 mil. Neither Conan nor any of SERVERAL generations of his descendants will ever have to work again.

Like he made a meaningful contribution to this planet. Barf.

1560 days ago
37.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Mike = TMZ Dead!

1560 days ago
38.

bkm    

it means Conan's career is going to be an in a body bag soon.

1560 days ago
39.

beeleevr    

I think it was just rude to do this to Conan. He uprooted his family from NY was given the torch to carry the time slot. Unless this was in his contract that there might be a chance that he could lose it in only a few months, I'd sue. Jay Leno is unfunny anyway, most of his jokes are perverted and disgusting. I'm on Conan Team! Go Conan!

1560 days ago
40.

shirleyfeeney    

Screw you, Jay. NBC retired you, gave it to Conan, and you whined like the baby that you are. What makes you think you'll be funnier at 11:30?

Poor Conan. Ultimately, CBS wins this one lol...

1560 days ago
41.

Keith    

You readers are morons.

Here's the interpretation for all of you retarde TMZ readers out there:

Leno innocuously sports a "peace" sign in reference to the paparazzi photo of him.

TMZ is poking fun at the two digit finger, meaning "second" versus "peace".

"Jay Leno predicts Conan's future"...

Meaning Conan is now "#2" in the late night lineup - not number one.

'Get it now you idiots?

1560 days ago
42.

Rene Defourneaux    

get rid of both of them let some new talent have a chance, we have to wait for them to die before we see a change?

Give Dave Chapelle the tonight show give Conan/Leno the boot.

1560 days ago
43.

PolarBear    

NBC is such a screwy company. Caught in the crossfire are these two premium talent show hosts Jay and Conan and both are getting horsed around with by default. It's like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was in charge of programming for the entire network and with his rather distracted, short attention span existence, somebody's always going to get pooped on, but did it need to be EVERYONE?!?!?

1560 days ago
44.

Clay Brown    

@Nemesis26

You're wrong too. TMZ is referencing to their previous article about which choice Conan has. TMZ is saying Leno's saying Conan will pick option 2. Also, it's kind of funny because he's also kind of saying peace to Conan, but TMZ is only referring to the story right under this one, lol.

Option 1: Quit the show and spend the next four years at the beach. If Conan does this, our sources say NBC would have to pay him the value of his contract. We're told it's a five-year deal, worth as much as $20 million a year. With four years to go, Conan could conceivably get $80 million. But given his skin pigmentation and, possibly, his ego, the beach is unlikely.

Option 2: Go to either FOX or ABC. This is where it gets complicated. If Conan were to strike a deal with either network to do a competing show, any salary Conan pulls in would offset the obligation owed by NBC. So, for example, if Conan made $20 million a year at NBC and ABC were to pay him $15 million a year, NBC would only owe Conan $5 mil a year for the four years remaining in his contract.

Option 3: Eat crow and take the 12:05-1:05 time slot. If Conan takes this option, our sources say it's likely NBC would negotiate a new contract with the same salary Conan was getting before. Even though the salary isn't supported by the time period, it's cheaper than paying him off. NBC, we're told, prefers this option, because Conan would not be splintering Leno's rating by going to another network.

1559 days ago
45.

Josh    

Haha is this Denim Dan or Jay Leno? Nice canadian tuxedo Jay, I mean I know your a mechanic when not telling lame jokes but damn. Do you wear alot of denim cause you own alot of denim?

Letterman is The Late Nite King and anyone who knows comedy would agree.

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