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Conan O'Brien Strikes Departure Deal with NBC

1/16/2010 2:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Conan O'Brien and NBC have reached a settlement in principle and the big announcement is expected Saturday, sources tell TMZ.



We're told NBC has already given Conan's lawyers a draft of the agreement and his hired guns were going over it Friday night. The deal should be finalized Saturday.

Once the deal gets inked, NBC will announce Conan is leaving the network. The network will also announce what we first reported -- that Jay Leno will get the full hour from 11:35 PM to 12:35 AM and it will be called "The Tonight Show" -- just like old times.

Stay tuned

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jennie    

I think that Jimmy Kimmel disgraced himself and his parents when he did what he did on jay Leno's show. Unless he was raised by a pack of wolves he should know that you do not insult your host, ESPECIALLY, when you are in his house. Rude, Rude, Rude beyond belief. I was so embarassed FOR him that I had to change the channel. I had always enjoyed the Kimmel show until then, now I cannot watch him at all. Just repulsive! But then he did date Sarah Silverman for quite some time so that should tell you something about his taste.

1649 days ago
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Carlos    

Kimmel, what you did at Leno's show was very bad. You really crossed the line. It just show me that you are a little kid who has no idea about ethics, or am I asking something you don't know? You know, ethics? No, you have no idea what I am talking about. I will put it in a more simplistic way. You don't go to somebody's house and insult your host. Learn some manners. I used to watch your show sometimes, just sometimes because really you are not funny. The Mexican es better than you.

1648 days ago
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wseroyer    

well at lest the Tonight Show will be unfunny once again, and I will not be watching. I'm with Coco!

1645 days ago
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Lillian    

just watched Conna's last show, and remember why he is who he is and all he's provided to a younger and more astute generation...of couse I can see why the older crowd might have have exception to his fresh commedy and at times cynical attitude..however...now i knwo why Connan is the best...he is for real...and NBC has lost a whole lot more than why they think...What fools...Don't they know where the future of nite time TV is at...hope that we can continue on a daily basis to enjoy Connan, one way or another, we will be there...Out with the old and in with the new...We will follow you whereve you go, and NBC's loss will be resounding throughout all the networks...and if one of the networks is kwoledgeable enough to accept the future, they will gain our trust...in the meantime...Connan we will follow you wherever you might go..

1645 days ago
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james    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_F18YmgaZg&feature=related

lol how ironic used to love his timeslot.... still way funnier than Jay!!!

1645 days ago
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james    

listen to jay in 2004 lol what a lying bastard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKNDodhhOEU&feature=related

1645 days ago
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Ann    

Good to see Conan go, he was plucked out of obscurity and given a job he didn't deserve years ago, lucky fool should be behind the counter of a Radio Shack.

1652 days ago
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XXXXX    

Leno is a pric*k ... F U ... egotistical jerk

1652 days ago
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Jim    

At least he'll be more successful than you'll ever be, Ann. :D
Jay is just a whiny, little baby that always gets what he wants.
He took a bet, and lost it. Why should it hurt/affect Conan? He did nothing wrong but provide some of the best entertainment our Late Night history can remember. If anyone, I think Fallon should take the boot.

1652 days ago
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kittencommander    

No big deal. Conan's gonna be back before long, and better than ever, but Leno's career is DONE.

1652 days ago
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studiocitykevin    

LENO Sucks! CONAN Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NBC IS MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE

1652 days ago
12.

Mike    

The I'm With CoCo facebook group just reached 200,000 fans.

1652 days ago
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Not born Yesterday    

If Conan & Kimmel couldn't use foul dirty filthy language they wouldn't have anything to say. I will take Jay Leno anyday over dirty, filthy talk passed off as comedy.

1652 days ago
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1652 days ago
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Jade    

Ann you got no class or style......Conan rocks....go back and watch PBO

1652 days ago
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