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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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16.

Handy    

Jay Leno's comment back in the 90s about NBC executives:

"Jay Leno Criticizes NBC On 'Tonight' Cliffhanger
By BILL CARTER
Published: December 23, 1992

Jay Leno, expressing what he called "surprise and disappointment" with NBC executives, said yesterday that he believed his performance as the host of the "Tonight" show should have more than satisfied the network and that he did not deserve to be threatened with losing the leading show in late-night television to David Letterman. "
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/23/arts/jay-leno-criticizes-nbc-on-tonight-cliffhanger.html?pagewanted=1

1704 days ago
17.

Ray    

Begone NBC from ALL of my television sets!! So shall it be done!

1704 days ago
18.

Joan    

Conan toilet humor would be better on FOX or cable. When will this mess be over? Keep saying there close to a deal.

1704 days ago
19.

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.

1704 days ago
20.

No trailer trash    

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3. 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!!!

Posted at 1:53PM on Jan 18th 2010 by Linda

[end quote]

Um, yeah, NBC are morons. Right. Then how did NBC get Conan to sign over the rights to his intelectual property? Not very bright of Conan. Triump et al were all Conan bits, but Conan the idiot signed a contract that turned over all those intelectual property rights to NBC.

Now THAT was moronic. Seems the moron here is Conan, 100%. He is un-talented, un-funny, locker room humor suited to 11th graders (or those with an 11th grade education) and he also seems like a vapid twit when it comes to reading, understanding and signing contracts (or at the very least he can't even hire competent legal counsel). To top all that off, Conan has to stay off TV for a period of time to boot so he fades into obscurity and loses any push from this incident.

CONAN = IDIOT

The sooner Conan goes away, far, far away, from everyon's TV screen, the better.

1704 days ago
21.

Zorch    

THE JAY LENO SHOW, NBC

Mo 1/18: Emily Blunt, Ringo Starr & Ben Harper
Tu 1/19: Chelsea Handler, Michael Jordan
We 1/20: James Cameron, Selena Gomez
Th 1/21: Billy Crystal, Zoe Saldana

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, NBC

Mo 1/18: Martin Scorsese, Colin Firth, a performance from Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza"
Tu 1/19: Tom Hanks, Paul Bettany, Spoon

1704 days ago
22.

Jenny    

where's the live feed of the rally???????? wishh i could be there!!!

1704 days ago
23.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Posted at 2:25PM on Jan 18th 2010 by No trailer trash

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/01/18/conan-obrien-nbc-triumph-insult-comic-dog-tonight-show/2#comments#ixzz0czgRSKyP
U SUCK.STFU

1704 days ago
24.

Wellington    

Conan needs to keep his old bits. As we saw on the Tonight Show he has a hard time coming up with new ones that are funny.

A good example: The "Twitter" bit.

1704 days ago
25.

Conan!    

Yay! The masturbating bear might make a comeback!!

1704 days ago
26.

urban    

I'm not watching Jay anymore... I explained the whole thing to my friends and they're not either.


TEAM CONANDO!!!!

1704 days ago
27.

urban    

We're done with Jay over here. Who's the bad guy? Jay and NBC! After this, Jay's gonna make another movie to brainwash everyone into thinking everything wasn't his fault... remember that movie "The Late Shift"?... when he f*cked over Letterman?

NO MORE JAY

TEAM COCO!!!!


1704 days ago
28.

Better Than You    

To the people calling Conan juvenile and moronic, I ask of you... What Ivy League school did YOU graduate from?? (Conan is a magna ¢um laude Harvard graduate.)

1704 days ago
29.

Better Than You    

22. Get rid of Andy Ricter. Everything he touches turns to $hit.

Posted at 2:38PM on Jan 18th 2010 by Mikey


Sadly, I have to agree about Andy. And I'm a Conan fan. Andy was the one thing I personally felt hindered the show. I much prefer the awkward banter between Conan and Max and the band, and former announcer Joel Goddard.

1704 days ago
30.

Michele    

Message from Triumph:

Jay Leno, YOU SUCK!

1704 days ago
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