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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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226.

mary    

Funny how all Conan "fans" are supporting him now...he just didn;t do it..Jay on the other hand was... is... and still will be number one...Can't wait till he's back..

1554 days ago
227.

SY    

Jay is a bully!!! He's come accross as selfish and indian giver. I used to like him but don't plan on watching his sho anymore.

1554 days ago
228.

DrTruth    

Conan, you said you'd rather hang out with porn people than
networks. I'll take you up on that offer...

http://www.lulu.com/product/e-book/lust-life-an-adult-memoir/6135088

1554 days ago
229.

Anonymous    

Leno, O'Brien and Letterman are not funny. Let them all go and we can watch animal planet instead.

1554 days ago
230.

Arethusa Cyberia    

OMG, deja vu! Wasn't there someone else who got screwed over cuz Leno wanted The Tonight Show? I seem to remember he was on Late Night and was promised The Tonight Show, but then Leno got it instead. I also seem to remember that Johnny Carson's advice to this man was to "walk." Who was that guy? Oh! Oh yeah! That was David Letterman, wasn't it? Geez, Leno, enough with the BIG REPEAT already. Conan paid his dues just like Letterman did, you putz. F off, cuz I'll never watch you or NBC again!

1553 days ago
231.

Sloane    

to posting 277

you also have fallen for the myth of Leno stealing the Tonight Show years ago-Letterman beats that old horse to death and wants people to see it that way

FACT
when Carson chose to retire NBC was looking at Letterman naturally because he had a network show following Carson-and he assumed the show would be his
but
they also looked at others
including Leno, Joan Rivers and a few more
it was a sought after gig that everyone wanted

they decided that Leno was a better fit for the time, format and audience even though he had only occasionally done some substitute hosting and had never had a network show

an embarrassed/infuriated Letterman quit and went to CBS
whining and complaining how Jay stole the show from him

in his ego fit he forgot that the word is "show BUSINESS" and it was a purely business decision that in the end worked out once Leno established himself and topped Dave in the ratings

so Dave, with his sometimes mean-spirited sarcasm would beat that dead horse to death (even thought it was not based on facts or reality) any chance he got - to the point that his newer fans believe that to be the truth

and he once again has resurrected his wounded ego to bash Jay and NBC. Jay hasn't retaliated at Letterman over the years for the unfair bashing - just kept his eye on the prize and continued to improve his show-proving that the NBC decision to go with him was the right one in the long run

boy does Letterman hold a grudge when his ego is bruised!!

anyone wonder why Oprah and a few others stayed away from him for years!

now this NBC exec screw-up has nothing to do with Jay but Letterman won't stop perpetuating the myth-he appears to have everything to gain from it-or so he thinks

anyone old enough to remember the facts at the time is getting tired of it

1553 days ago
232.

G    

It's just ike when Coke went to the "new" coke it failed.

They brought it back and the rest is history.

I hate to see Conan go. I was finally getting to sleep on time.

1553 days ago
233.

Carlos    

Reality is Letterman and Kimmel are afraid of Jay Leno because their rating will go down as soon as Jay goes back to 11:35. I feel sorry for Connan, however, as a comedian is very simple and NOT funny at all. His jokes are for idiots who laugh at anything. The other two mentioned above are the same, just not funny at all. Letterman looks and act like clown with those stupid movements he does while he perform same as Connan, they looks like brothers. Fatty Kimmel, your Mexican servant is better than you.

1553 days ago
234.

mo    

when Conan goes I will no longer watch the tonight show

1553 days ago
235.

chante    

NBC messed with the wrong fella..Conan, you can now take your show to FOX:)..Leno's boring

1553 days ago
236.

CHloe    

I say fire them all Zucker, Leno & Conan. Get a new exec and hire Chelsea Handler for the Tonight Show

1553 days ago
237.

Angela    

Did anyone else notice that the e-mail is dated in February of 2008?? This wasn't happening then....

1553 days ago
238.

Susan    

Letterman can tell you what a back stabber Leno is.

It may be the end of the Tonight show period. Johnny is turning over in his grave.

1552 days ago
239.

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