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Leno vs. Conan vs. NBC

The War is On

1/18/2010 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Conan O'Brien and NBC are at war ... each accusing the other of bad, bad behavior.

Leno vs. Conan vs. NBC -- The War is On
Sources connected to Conan O'Brien tell TMZ NBC honcho Jeff Zucker has been "nasty, arrogant and threatening" in negotiating Conan's out. The Conan people are outraged, saying the blame for the Jay Leno/'ConanO'Brien/"Tonight Show" debacle falls squarely at Zucker's doorstep.

Jay Leno: Click to watchAn NBC spokesperson tells TMZ, as for claims Zucker has been nasty, arrogant and threatening, "There is absolutely no truth to that. It is easy to make false statements under the cloak of anonymity."

We're told Conan is so pissed off at NBC, he told the network he was leaving even though he still doesn't have a place to go -- at least not yet. Sources say Fox still has not made an offer.

An NBC source connected to the negotiations tells TMZ Conan "has acted like a baby" since the network announced the changes. The source claims NBC made $25 mil in profits off "The Tonight Show" the last full calendar year Leno hosted. The source says the projected loss for 2010 had Conan stayed put was $3 - 5 million. So NBC says it's simple math.

We're told the NBC/Conan deal still isn't finalized.

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196.

Jay    

44% DID NOT VOTE FOR CONAN. It was at 5% for Conan early today, suddenly it jumped to 40+. NBC interns were told to vote for Conan.

1684 days ago
197.

Dave    

After watching this video Jay is now the ass**** and the bad guy.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6d1caacad1/jay-s-2004-announcement

1684 days ago
198.

Magical Mandrake    

Don't worry it'll all /b/ over soon.

1684 days ago
199.

David McDavidson    

NBC has purposely tried to set a propaganda campaign against Conan. He is completely innocent and the NBC executives have tried to hurt yet another great comedian.

NBC's campaign consists of telling their office workers (I interned when the last Rosie O'Donnell incident happened with Trump) and inciting sources such as ebaumsworld.

If you're reading this and if you have ever cracked a smile at one of Conan's jokes, DO NOTE VOTE FOR HIM. VOTE FOR ZUCKER.

1684 days ago
200.

John Mudkips    

Look at NBC trying to rig this poll. Can't wait to see Jay lose to Dave every night again.

1684 days ago
201.

Anon    

1684 days ago
202.

bah2501    

Jay Leno and "NBC sources" are crooked liars. 7 months is not enough time to gain loyal viewers--Leno was given more time and support when he took over from Johnny Carson.

"Simple math" does not justify breaching contracts. Jay Leno should drop dead and the American public should boycott NBC, demanding the termination of Jay Leno, Jeff Zucker, and all their idiot friends on NBC's staff.

1684 days ago
203.

fanofcoco    

Seriously? Someone must have hacked this poll. No way do these numbers reflect public opinion. Scrap it.

1684 days ago
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