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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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91.

sir nigel buttercrumpet    

LENO AND NBC CAN BOTH STICK IT. I'LL NEVER WATCH THE NETWORK AGAIN. I WAS ALREADY BOYCOTTING THEM FOR CANCELING "MY NAME IS EARL". LENO HAS SHOWN WHAT
A TOTAL JERK HE IS AND GUESS WHAT, THE LOSER WEARS A RUG! I HOPE HIS COMEBACK FAILS
BIG TIME AND I HOPE EVERYONE TUNES INTO DAVID LETTERMAN ON LENO'S FIRST NIGHT BACK.
LENO'S CRAPPY 10:00 SHOW WAS JUST MORE OF THE SAME UNFUNNY GARBAGE THAT HE WAS
DOING AT 11:35. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW CONAN AND HIS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TREATED AND I
WISH HIM ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD ON HIS NEXT PROJECT. LENO SUCKS!!

1556 days ago
92.

king    

And we all know that the suits at NBC are men of their word. Right.

The truth is that, several weeks ago, Leno suddenly announced to the world that if NBC offered him The Tonight Show again, he'd take it. What prompted this only Leno and his chinny-chin-chin know for sure.

1556 days ago
93.

Penis Hilton    

Leno earned the Tonight Show show by beating Letterman in the late
night wars. His musical schedule swapping removal was an ageist youth movement with no market research regard for demographics. NBC suits forgot that 40 something baby boomers are still a US majority and young GenXers are high at some party, out playing video games or living on the web. Conan wasn't able to sustain the high ratings on his watch and so he lost the show. For those who still support him despite his failure, what part of bad ratings don't you understand?

1556 days ago
94.

Pete    


89. Leno earned the Tonight Show show by beating Letterman in the late
night wars. His musical schedule swapping removal was an ageist youth movement with no market research regard for demographics. NBC suits forgot that 40 something baby boomers are still a US majority and young GenXers are high at some party, out playing video games or living on the web. Conan wasn't able to sustain the high ratings on his watch and so he lost the show. For those who still support him despite his failure, what part of bad ratings don't you understand?

Posted at 5:09AM on Jan 16th 2010 by Rick

Rick,

What did you do during your teen years and early 20's... get high and party? Whatever it was, I highly doubt that you went to home every night and watched Carson.

The point is, while GenXers might not be fully devoted to Conan now, that doesn't mean that they won't be later in life. If Fox picks up Conan, where do you think the long term advantage resides?

Also Conan's ratings were bad? How were Leno's ratings at 10pm? Oh yeah... horrible.

1556 days ago
95.

popcultured    

Yay! The sooner they pull Conan off the stage the better! Whining to anyone that will listen, or read, about how he feels entitled to host the show because he put "hundreds of hours" (based on a 40 hour work week that would be about 5 weeks) of thought into the show and wanted to host the show since he was 7 ~ is he for real?! That is actually his argument - what an idiot! Any network would have to be crazy to hire him after seeing what an egotistical, narcissistic, loose cannon he is!

1556 days ago
96.

Penis Hilton    

I grew up in the era of Carson when people partied, got high and played games all while watching him at the same time. He was that good. Ask Harvey. I may have met Conan crusing for chicks in a chat room once. No joke. He couldn't even woo a mate until later in life. So how in the hell is he gonna attract a missing audience to grow up with him? Fans that aren't there aren't gonna follow someone they're not watching already. And in the network world of ratings, it's here and now and not someday, somehow over the future ratings rainbow.

1556 days ago
97.

Interracial facial    

Back in the good old days, talk show hosts appealed to all fans, not just young or old. But now network honchos ignore viewer majorities and keep catering to the tastes of kids thinking that they'll grow up with dreck. But if modern showbiz sucks, why would anyone follow stars that failed in the ratings to begin with? Conan is a loser in the late night wars. Deal with it and stop playing the ageist card.

1556 days ago
98.

Pete    

Only time will tell whether NBC's decision is wise or not.

But to say that Conan has a missing audience? That's absurd. Just take a brief look at the uproar within the online community... Check out the thousands of angry comments on youtube. That is not only an audience but also a pulse on the sentiments of today's youth.

Also, just because you're surfing the web doesn't mean that you are not watching the tonight show. There is a site called Hulu, which *gasp* allows you to watch TV and surf the web from the same machine.

Lastly, who cares when he was able to woo a mate. What relevance does that have to this argument? None. With his bank account, I'm sure Conan can woo several mates simultaneously.

1556 days ago
99.

jonhomesclock    

OBrien lacks the likability factor that makes for a good talk show host. He comes across as a wise ass and is mainly liked by geeks who sense he is one of them. He doesn't appeal to the modern bohemians who populate Hollyweird. Coco Howdy Doody interviewing the hip hop generation is an entertainment car accident. The bad ratings get lost in translation because kids are offended that older people don't like someone who sucks. Wake up and smell the java already. He'll check his ego, take the money and run. This story is so over already.

1556 days ago
100.

Elloh    

Why are Leno-fans trying to blame Conan for this?!

Leno would after failing with his show happily push back Conan, Jimmy and Carson. Doing the Tonight Show the Tomorrow Show for the first time in it´s 60years history.

And he would gladly kick out Conan from the company after 17years.
Just because Conan doesnt think it´s fair against Jimmy and Carson (But Jay thinks it is fine) to push back heir shows and not fair to Tonight Show.

Who´s the prick?

1556 days ago
101.

UGGGGHHH    

CONAN SUCKS ANYWAYS. GLAD TO GET RID OF HIM. NOW I CAN WATCH NBC AGAIN WITH THE ACE LENO HOSTING.

WELCOME BACK LENO. YOU WERE ALWAYS THE MAN FOR THE JOB

1556 days ago
102.

Leno is garbage    

As soon as Conan is off the air I'm watching Letterman. The bad blood will keep Jay from getting the ratings he had before. How is he going to deal with the constant trashing from other late night hosts when he gets that slot back? It's gonna be on the morning news, all over the internet, everywhere. They're gonna call it like they see it. NBC must have a god damned death wish.

1556 days ago
103.

Jay    

Ann, #1, my sentiments exactly. Have NO idea how Conan managed to even get hired and maintain his job all those years PRIOR to this fiasco. The fool that hired this talentless irritating nut all those years ago to be a late night host, should have been fired. I like Jeff Bridges and only watched Conan's interview of him last night on the show, and Conan is such an idiot, he is painful to watch. He screeches and makes all these weird irritating imbecile noises, for what reason I do not know. I was humiliated for him, and Jeff looked humiliated for him also. It was painful to watch this fool. You're right, the guy should be managing at Radio Shack at most, foolish NBC has made this pathetic man a millionaire many times over. What a joke, so many out there deserved it way over Conan, and never got a chance. Have NO idea why this guy did, and he blew it. His own fault. He should have watched some of his own shows, he probably couldn't have stood to watch himself either. Hope he hasn't ruined things for Jay. None of this was his fault. ALL NBC and Conan's for being so lousy.

1556 days ago
104.

LollyBlue    

#11..Punkin5...what rally at Universal on Monday? I'd love to be there to support Conan, too! :) Plz post info, ok?
Lolly~

1556 days ago
105.

RonBurgundy    

Hey Leno, why the long face?


Take it on the chin you sleezy rat.


As long as NBC keeps pulling the puppet strings Jay will continue to preach that this wasn't his doing.

Truth be told, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has to be the worst show ever produced. Things were way better when Conan followed Jay. I think Jay is a funnier than Conan, but I like Conan's show better.

Fallon lasted Longer than Conan? That makes little sense.

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