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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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Lulu Says    

He'll be getting a pretty sweet settlement! the question is...how much.

http://blogs.babble.com/famecrawler/2010/01/15/it’s-confirmed-conan-is-out-and-hell-be-richer-for-it/

1657 days ago
32.

angel76    

Leno and NBC can kiss my viewership goodbye forever!!!

1657 days ago
33.

inlookout    

Leno is a cloyingly monstrous, unfunny prick whose ego is matched only by the size of his chin. Like I needed another reason to despise him. Best of luck to Conan and hope he moves to greener and more appreciative pastures.

Karma's a bitch Leno.

1657 days ago
34.

barbara    

jay leno sucks. his show will crash and burn. we will follow conan.

IM WITH COCO!!!!!!

1657 days ago
35.

N Smith    

Conan's ratings are way up, granted because of curiosity, but once the curious tuned in, they saw what every Conan fan has known all along. Conan is funny, natural, energetic, unscripted and overall genuine. Leno on the other hand is simply doing his stand-up routine. When he tells a "joke" Leno has a very annoying habit of continuing on as if he's in a conversation with someone. NBC is obviously dedicated to Leno and has never embraced Conan. I for one, will boycott anything Jay Leno on! NBC...you suck!

1657 days ago
36.

Jeremy    

Good! If he were as great as his supporters claim, why hasn't he beaten Letterman in the ratings? Jay was #1 during his time on the Tonight Show and he will be again. Conan is just not funny and doesn't appeal to anyone over the age of 15.

1657 days ago
37.

Maggie    

Leno sucks like a giant Hoover. So does Conan. Yawn. The only funny man on at night is Craig Ferguson!

1657 days ago
38.

Mrs Butters    

Poor babies,worry about real people losing their jobs and not being able to pay rent.Conan gets a 30 mil parting gift, and a bright future on another network.I'm on the COCO TEAM, but,.........

1657 days ago
39.

Avi    

why don't they just switch the tonight show to 10 and have the Jay Leno show @ 11:35?

1657 days ago
40.

sheesh    

this is so stupid. I hope Leno falls flat on this ugly face. Would serve NBC right.

1657 days ago
41.

karen    

COnan is no red headed step child that NBC is treating him as.
FU Leno your 10:00pm show sucked & I'll not tune in if you retake the Tonight Show.

1657 days ago
42.

jeff    

Conan, sucks! Always has and always will. He's late night for nerds and drunk collage students waiting for the pizza to be delivered. I knew when he was named the host of the tonight show it was doomed with him hosting it. Kinda like when Craig Kilborn took over the late show from Tom Snyder, best thing that happen was Jon Stewart taking over the daily show... NA NA NA NA HEY HEY HEY GOOD BYE! Conan is a joke. Prime time!!! Ha good luck with that fox!! 6 months after they hire him he'll be gone.... just watch....

1657 days ago
43.

DrTruth    

Like I said, Conan is the dweeb who got beat up as a kid, not a top notch comedian to carry the Tonight Show. And fellow dweebs at NBC who gave him an ageist chance at a show he never earned or deserved have been weeded out since the Comcast takeover. What that means is that Conan will become the new Danny Gans of Las Vegas without the impressions. Nuff said.

1657 days ago
44.

Me    

Leno sucks..............Jay is nothin but a big suck ass who has to get his own way!!! Leno sucks big time and I hope his ratings go down hill!!! He deserves it! Jay Leno, YOU SUCK BIG TIME and you did nothing but kiss ass and bulley your way in!!!!

1657 days ago
45.

iwanttoholdyourbigtits    

Bastard just hit the $40,000,000.00 lottery!!!!

1657 days ago
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