Conan: Exiting NBC
The deal is done and Conan O'Brien will leave NBC. All we're waiting for is the official word from the network.
And now all we have to do is wait for NBC to confirm Conan O’Brien is leaving the network…
Over the weekend US media have been running rife with the news that O’Brien is exiting the network. It follows his public statement that he would not host The Tonight Show at 12:05am.
The deal is reportedly done, with various reports about how many million (up to $40m) he will walk away with, along with the conditions which would stipulate how long before he can join another network, and that he musn’t trash NBC. TMZ suggests that if Conan makes a deal with FOX, NBC can reduce the amount it pays Conan by the amount FOX forks over.
Public sentiment has also rallied behind Conan in the wake of the Leno debacle. Tonight show gags across all networks have been ruthless, including Jimmy Kimmel dressing up as Leno, and then deriding him during a live interview on Leno’s show.
Most expect Conan‘s last show will be this Friday.
NBC may well make the announcement after the Golden Globes, to avoid it being the butt of jokes.
It will be anyway.