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Conan O'Brien Gets SWEET Exit Deal

Im-with-coco The ugly Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien controversy that began a few weeks ago is coming to a pretty good resolution. Today, NBC announced that it reached an exit deal with O'Brien to the tune of $45 million. 


$33 million will go to O'Brien and the rest will go to his staff and crew as severance. O'Brien is also supplementing the $12 million in severance with some of his own money.

O'Brien expressed appreciation for NBC's consideration of his staff and crew, who were the unwitting victims of a nasty rift between the network and two of its biggest stars.

If there's a lesson to take away from all of this, it's that people like Conan O'Brien because he's a) much funnier than Jay Leno and b) not a douchebag.

After the Winter Olympics in February, Leno will return to his old, late-night time slot and O'Brien will be free to pursue another hosting gig as early as this September. Where he will go is still undetermined. ABC and FOX are not interested. Hmm. Hey, Conan, if you're reading, we may not have major network money, but MamaPop would be happy to have you! Call us!







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Comments

Lynn

Last week's Entertainment Weekly suggested that Fox would be interested in Conan -- they even had a quote from a Fox rep saying that they felt ready to compete in the late night market. Was there a new statement this week that I missed?

Emily

I suppose it's good that this whole debacle is coming to an end. But I wonder, does NBC really expect The Tonight Show to recover? I mean do that many people actually like Leno, that they will watch when he returns?

I, like many Conan fans, now have a lot of ire for Leno and NBC. I was indifferent to the host and network before, but now I know I'll NEVER turn my tv to NBC at 10:35 and intentionally avoid the show.

The media and fans seem to have sided with Conan during the ordeal, so is it reasonable to think Leno's return to The Tonight Show will suffer significant backlash. Personally, I hope it tanks in the ratings, but really I wonder if things will return to normal once this all blows over because people are lazy and don't really care that much.

mouthy_broad

I am glad the crew got a severance. i hope it is enough to transition all those people to different jobs in the future. the crew's livelihoods is one reason i was so mad about this whole thing--uh, you aren't just dicking over conan--you are messing with hundreds of lives of cast, crew and families. boo to them.

Alyssa

WHO WATCHES JAY LENO?!?!?!?!?!

Sweetney

I am officially boycotting Leno until the end of time.

Fawn Amber

<-- With Sweetney.

iambellaluna

I hope he calls.




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