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Conan O'Brien Will Triumph Over NBC

1/18/2010 3:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Conan O'BrienOne of the sticking points in the negotiations between Conan O'Brien and NBC is a custody battle -- who gets Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and other characters Conan has created over the years ... sources tell TMZ. But we're told Conan will bag the dog, with strings attached.

Sources say Conan and NBC are "close" on his "Tonight Show" exit agreement -- but one of the remaining sticking points is intellectual property. Conan's characters -- like Triumph, the Pimpbot 5000 and the Masturbating Bear -- are all legally the property of NBC (Triumph's rights are a little tricky and may be the property of Conan's longtime friend Robert Smigel).

Conan wants to take them with him wherever he lands -- and we're told NBC will ultimately give Conan the right to his characters, in return for conceding other points in the exit deal.

As for what Conan may have to concede ... we're told the non-disparagement clause is still an issue. Specifically, how long will Conan be prohibited from trashing NBC? Conan may have to fold on this point in order to walk the dog.

Bottom line -- looks like the Masturbating Bear will live to self-gratify another day.


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1.

Kip Cricket    

Leno has been piling on the lies and hypocrisy!

Too many are buying into NBC's PR machine which has every intention
of rewriting history!

Don't be swayed, check out the following link to read of Leno's
deceit:

http://www.therestrainingorder.com/?p=2250

1736 days ago
2.

CoCo    

Joel goddard and Abe vagoda have been sent to kill Jay Leno then all will be right with the world

1735 days ago
3.

kromen    

NBC execs are a really open-minded, fair, bunch of guys......FOR ME TO POOP ON!

1737 days ago
4.

joe    

who cares and more tiger jokes
1.why does tiger not like hatian people...no white girls heh heh
2.tiger says he is sorry ..sorry he got caught ha ha
3.tiger wife is letting him come back home..she needs her bush trimmed ha ha
I AM FIRST YOU FOOLS

1737 days ago
5.

Linda    

NBC can gag Conan all they want, and continue to bully him. But that does not take from the fact that people still know what complete f**king MORONS are running NBC!!!

1737 days ago
6.

Bonnie    

So Conan is worried about the dog and the bear - and not his staffers?

1737 days ago
7.

barb    

1737 days ago
8.

Darlene    

Couldnt care less about Conan!!!

1737 days ago
9.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Jay sucks Kookys balls!

1737 days ago
10.

Adam Stabelli    

When the hell is NBC going to announce that the deal is done? What's taking them so long?

1737 days ago
12.

whatever    

Who cares? I'm so sick of this stupid story already. All theses grown men sound like a bunch of cry babies. Man up...will ya'? My sympathy goes to Haiti, not a bunch of whining millionaires.

1737 days ago
13.

Matematics    

I found more information on:
http://www.bucop.com/bu-pulled-over-by-the-police/

Conan O'Brien is pulled over by the police

1737 days ago
14.

pent    

has anyone noticed that NEITHER of these guys are funny. i don't think they ever were funny. just lame middle-class 'jokes'. ha ha ha. WTF - why promote these hacks?

1737 days ago
15.

No trailer trash    

Hahahaha....

Conan gets owned by NBC.

Sorry you red-headed, talentless hack, but next time maybe you'll hire good lawyers to negotiate your contract rather than the crew of idiots you apprently hired. You got bent over CoCo. Now wipe off the lube and move on.

1737 days ago
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