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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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musicpm    

Bobo Frog +1

Headline should be "War IS On."

What is "War In On" ?

Holy lack of proofreading skills, Batman.

1709 days ago
17.

Leno is garbage    

Zucker knows he's really screwed here, so he's trying to pawn the blame off on Conan, hoping people will forget about NBC's real problems. He's trying with all his might to hang onto his job as NBCU transitions into Comcast ownership. It's a great big sham.

1709 days ago
18.

Leno is garbage    

Jeff Zucker's ego is so huge, so uncontrollable, that he is actually bringing down the one sustainable franchise on his network in order to divert attention from his other mistakes. His whole style of management is the reason why his network is in 4th place. His style is cheaper, longer. More reality shows, less drama. He and his people love to gloat about how they don't need the ratings, how they can stay in the running just fine without them, now that the affiliates see through this ruse he's trying to blame Conan. We all know who the real chicken hearted gutless coward is!

1709 days ago
19.

Leno is garbage    

in b4 one of NBC's shills types EGO in caps again...

clowns

1709 days ago
21.

Leno is garbage    

Both Jay and Conan have made fun of NBC for years and years, now all of a sudden Jeffy boy wants to have a change of heart and get all butthurt about it? What a sore loser.

1709 days ago
22.

Leno is garbage    

The only baby is the guy who agreed to step down and didn't keep his word.

Gee, I wonder who that could be...

At least Conan has the balls to try to go it alone without NBC.

1709 days ago
23.

Joe    

Fox is not going to hire Conan. If he can't get ratings at NBC at 11:30, how is he going to help Fox in a late-night show.

Fox affiliates still remember Chevy Chase, who lasted 5 weeks!

1709 days ago
24.

Leno is garbage    

Go take Mavis to dinner already you worthless old hack.

1709 days ago
25.

Leno is garbage    

I'll watch Conan where ever he lands.

Even if it's 2:30 AM every night on Oxygen, I'm there.

1709 days ago
26.

?????    

At this point it really doesn't matter who was the bad guy. The relationship between Conan and NBC seems irreparable; and I know that The Golden Globes was probably the last show that I will have watched on that network. Conan should just count his blessings,
pack his sh*t, and move on.

1709 days ago
27.

Moxy    

How the hell am I supposed to take a source serious when they call someone a "baby?" It's so completely unprofessional coming from the business end of this entire thing.

1709 days ago
28.

Wellington    

Actually it looks like BOTH Conan's camp AND NBC are talking to TMZ. So why is TMZ calling it "Leno vs Conan vs NBC"?

It's Conan vs NBC. Jay's not saying anything.

Probably both are true:

Zucker has been nasty, arrogant and threatening.

and

Conan "has acted like a baby".

There should be pictures of Conan and Zucker not pictures of Conan and Leno.

Zucker and Conan were yanking each other's chain since they were together at Harvard.

1709 days ago
29.

Fast Earl    

I had a really hard time watching Conan. His show was never funny or good, anything that gets his show off the air has my vote.
Of course his show lost big money and the only person responsible is Conan not his competition.

1709 days ago
30.

Steve    

Conan is a jerk who let his ego screw over his entire staff...

1709 days ago
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