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Conan Treats Lopez with Royal Respect

4/12/2010 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned how the deal went down with Conan O'Brien, George Lopez and TBS, and Conan made it clear -- he didn't want anyone to endure the same shabby treatment he got at NBC.

Conan Treats Lopez with Royal Respect

Sources tell TMZ the idea of bringing Conan to TBS was hatched by Turner's entertainment chief Steve Koonin.  We're told Koonin went to George Lopez and said he would only approach Conan if George gave his blessing.  We're told George immediately figured out that having Conan as an 11:00 PM lead-in would be nothing short of amazing for a midnight show.

With Lopez on board, we're told Koonin then approached Conan with the idea.  Conan's first reaction -- he didn't want to do to someone else what was done to him,  referring to NBC's decision to blindside Conan. Koonin told Conan that George had signed off, but Conan wanted to make sure.  George then called Conan to reassure him he was on board and thought they would be great partners.

We're told Koonin then began negotiations last week and the deal was done in days, even though the Fox deal was still alive.




As for why Conan chose TBS .... the average age of a "Lopez Tonight" viewer is 33, decades younger than the other late-night shows.  TBS is the future ... so thought Conan. 

And there's this ... George Lopez is saying, "I totally support Conan's decision ... We'll have the best hair in late night."


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1.

Taylor Dadson    

They are both boring and who cares! Talk shows are passe.

1565 days ago
2.

Robert    

The ratings will be high for a few weeks basking in the publicity we won't here the end of it. He was being beat by Letterman reruns and Night Line. Lopez gets screwed again.

1565 days ago
3.

sarafina    

Congrats to Conan........ Class Act TBS for treating George Lopez with RESPECT............

1565 days ago
4.

Dumb Surfer Guy on TMZ "Knarly"    

Very Cool Team!!
F.U. Leno and NBC TOO!!!

1565 days ago
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b.mclane    

Conan blew his chances cause he has frat boy humor. In other words he is not funny. When he clasps his hands and bows after announces who is on the show I have to go vomit.

1565 days ago
6.

Craig    

Lopez get's screwed again by a pasty white guy.

1565 days ago
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cats are cool    

thanks for being rich

1565 days ago
8.

TopTwitsBlog    

Read more from Conan and others about this breaking news:



http://www.toptwitsblog.com/search/label/Conan

1565 days ago
9.

Elmer Flobbergob    

It sounds like a win win situation for everybody. GO COCO!

1565 days ago
10.

BananaHammock    




Please Conan:



Dump ANDY RICHTER and get BETTY WHITE as your sidekick!!!



Betty White Rocks!



1565 days ago
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horty_23    

I'd rather watch paint dry than No Gonads Conan. George lozez is the biggest racist ass i have ever heard, ship da bitch back, and take conanc with ya.

1565 days ago
12.

Conan    

ConanTBS.com
twitter.com/ConanObienTBS



Its on!

1565 days ago
13.

BananaHammock    



Please Conan:




Dump ANDY RICHTER and get BETTY WHITE as your sidekick!!!



Betty White ROCKS!!!!

1565 days ago
14.

samson    

Now it's time to work on TMZ's writing skills. Did you guys really just start every other sentence with "We're told..."?

1565 days ago
15.

RobN    

Wow, basic cable. Congrats Conan.

1565 days ago
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