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Conan O'Brien -- Guitar Hero

1/14/2010 3:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

With his days hosting the "Tonight Show" looking numbered, a somber Conan O'Brien made his way into Universal Studios holding a guitar on Thursday.

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Perhaps Coco and NBC can still make beautiful music together. Or not.


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61.

patty    

screw leno TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! TEAM CONAN!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST BOYCOTT NBC"NOTHING BUT CRAP"

1658 days ago
62.

Just sayin'    

LOVE YOU CONAN!!!! We got your back!!

1658 days ago
63.

Karolein    

It's so unfair. Conan signed on for this gig, to REPLACE Jay Leno years before it happened, he prepared for it, was groomed for it. He and his staff moved from NY to LA (talk about culture shock), planning to live and work here for years to come. It's just not right. Find something else for Jay to do. How about an afternoon talk show?

1658 days ago
64.

Connie    

I was watching the Tonight Show with Jay Leno when he announced he was going to retire in 5 years just before he turned 60 and spend his life on the road, more time with his wife etc. He also announced back then he would be turning over his show to Conan. Why now does he suddenly need to work anymore? I'm on Conan's side on this!

1658 days ago
65.

Googie    

I feel sorry for Conan, BUT REMEMBER THAT NBC DID THE SAME TO LENO 6 YEARS AGO. Leno was doing great 6 years ago when NBC notified him he would be out in 5 years because they didn't want to lose Conan. Well this time it's Conan's turn. Either way, both are nice guys who have been screwed by the powers that be at NBC. Find the person who made the decision 6 years ago.

1658 days ago
66.

Googie    

PS: Wish the rest of us could be as lucky as Conan & get $30 or $80 mil when we get pink slips.

1658 days ago
67.

juniper    

conana is a pinko with a slip

1658 days ago
68.

Dan da man    

That guy next to him could not look more jewish!!!

1658 days ago
69.

GetTheFactsRight    

Yeah, sorry Connie but you are way off. I agree with Googie. Jay did not " retire " and that seems to be what the public on here is ranting about mistakenly. YOU HAVE ALL BEEN MISLED BY THE MEDIA. In 2004 he made the anouncement that he would give the show up to Conan in 2009, he did not have to do this. He did not want to do this. He was pressured by NBC because they were afraid that if Jay didn't give in to this, they would lose Conan forever. Jay tried to make the best of it with the statements he made at the time. Never did he say that he would quit working. He does shows on the road so he is always working one way or another. What started it were the murmurs of Conan wanting to " move up " and make more money and letting NBC know he might go somewhere else. I like Conan and Jay both, but Conan pushed for something,NBC gave in and they both together made a mess of this. It has nothng to do with Jay. He did not " decide " he wanted 10 p.m.. He NEVER wanted the 10 slot at all. If you noticed, Jay only was offered the 10 slot after Conan had been doing his show for 3 months and it was tanking heavily. They even commented on it in the trade papers as it was doing so badly. At that point GREEDY NBC started to see their mistake and wanted to rush to put Jay back somehwere on the schedule in a last ditch effort. So many people on here act like this way Jay's decision and now he is going back on his word. That is complete bullcrap. None of it from day one was a decision of Jay's. It was all the top idiots at the network. Conan knows this too, so it is unfair of him to make barbs on his show about Jay. He sat with Jay 5 years ago on the show and thanked him for giving up the post early and stated he knew Jay didn't have to. Of course the jerks really responsible for this mess are allowing it to look like a cat fight with Jay and Conan when it is entirely the exec's doing. Think about it; if someone told you that you must leave your career post after 17 years to give it to someone else, would you? Why should you? Would you feel fairly treated when most careers end at 30 years? Would you just walk away nicely like Jay did originally and to top it off congratulate the other person taking your job? A job by the way that you were happy with and never imagined giving up early to anyone? I can truly say you wouldn't.

1658 days ago
70.

disturbed    

45. Here's the core of the ratings issue: I personally would search out and find a show hosted by Conan because it would be assertively entertaining, interesting and that is a reflection of his talent and effort in combination with his proven capacity to work with his guests well. He's an ideas and character person. Jay Leno is good but not a reason to search out a show. Jay gets through the show, but he doesn't add excitement, he relies on standard comedy writing, a good band and his quite good ability to talk with his guests. Jay is an excellent communicator. But Conan adds what Firesign Theater would call "zest appeal"; a pleasantly rewarding unpredictable fresh look at being alive. JUMP SHIP, LAND HO!!!!!!!!! A whole new fresh world.............to poop on!

Posted at 3:49PM on Jan 14th 2010 by PolarBear

47. Tell me this isn't true; in his willingness to always have some uproarious new routine and bizarre thing happen on his show, Johnny Carson was more like Conan than Jay. Thoughts?

Posted at 3:54PM on Jan 14th 2010 by PolarBear
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I agree with you on both. I think Conan has more imagination.(not that I think Leno is bad). I think that Conan's high intelligence + high creativity attracts people who have this same combination, high intelligence + high creativity.






1658 days ago
71.

disturbed    

Someone mentioned that "the masses have spoken".
But I don't necessarily buy it. I mean, Arsenio Hall had good ratings, but they yanked his b*tt right off the air.

I agree with what someone else mentioned, that there's politics involved in this kind of stuff sometimes. Remember there's only 7 major studios(of course there's a little more now) but it used to always be like 7 major studios, so the owners of these studios determine what shows will stay on TV and which will not. Yes, I know money is a big factor a lot, but it's also not unusual for politics to be involved in what we see on TV.

1658 days ago
72.

threefour66    

Is that Dale Gribble from "King of the Hill"?

1658 days ago
73.

No trailer trash    

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70. PS: Wish the rest of us could be as lucky as Conan & get $30 or $80 mil when we get pink slips.

Posted at 7:30PM on Jan 14th 2010 by Googie

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You will probably get the same payout that Conan is going to get when you get your pink slip.... $0.00

Sorry to say, but Conan is not going to be getting any big payoff from NBC. In fact, NBC might end up suing Conan into the poor house.

Conan did not have a guaranteed time slot clause in his contract. Ergo, NBC was perfectly within their rights to move him to a different time slot, without approval.

Conan breached his contract by refusing to move.

Conan is in a lot of trouble now that he openly stated he would not move and thereby breach his contract.

NBC played Conan like a fiddle. By Conan putting in writing and publically stating that he would not move, Conan committed a breach of contract. The moment Conan did that, NBC was off the hook for any payment to Conan, and in fact, NBC moved into the driver's seat, making a lawsuit against Conan possible.

Expect Conan to be tied up in a legal battle for the next couple of years and then to have to cut NBC a big check with whatever his battery of lawyers haven't already soaked from him.

At worst, NBC will make sure that Conan does not do any other shows for the remaining balance of his contract with NBC in return for not suing him into oblivion.

Things are looking ugly for Conan.

1658 days ago
74.

Connie    

I guess I'm not an insider like you, The Truth. I do remember the show and him saying it was also something his wife wanted. I can't believe Jay would do that show knowing he was being booted out? I always thought his ratings were good. So why would they want him gone in five years?

1658 days ago
75.

Willy    

Conan is going over to Fox, Where all the rest of the losers end up.

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