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Conan to leave NBC?

Tonight Show host reportedly miffed at having to make way for Leno


 

Conan O’Brien seems surprisingly reluctant to stay with a network that betrayed him. The tall red-haired host moved to Los Angeles to take over The Tonight Show, a job he was promised in 2004. And he went along, publicly, with NBC’s decision to give his predecessor Jay Leno a show at 10 o’clock. Now the network is trying to fix this failed experiment by forcing O’Brien to change time slots and make way for Leno. A source told the New York Post that NBC’s “level of sh–iness was not expected. He’s done a great job for NBC. He moved his entire staff, he moved his family to L.A. And five months later, they repay him like this?” O’Brien hasn’t yet accepted the network’s take-it-or-leave-it offer to move to 12, and the Post‘s source says that he might be “happier somewhere else”; he’s already in talks with the Fox network about moving there to anchor a late-night show. It was the threat that Leno might move to Fox that caused NBC to give him the 10 o’clock show in the first place; it may be that Fox will be just as happy with O’Brien. And if that doesn’t work out, he can go across the Fox lot and write for The Simpsons again.

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Conan to leave NBC?

  1. Neither O'Brien or Leno reach the level of wit and entertainment provided by Jimmy Kimmel,so who cares where they go.Less and less people watch them because if adults are gonna stay up late,they want something with a little bite, not the puerile drivel these two has-beens regurgitate each night.

  2. Who Really Cares. Television is about Ratings Nothing More.Personally I find this guy way boring and not funny or entertaining at all.
    Obviously most late night viewers agree with me by simply ,not tuning in.

  3. Johnny Carson was funny and had class when he hosted the Tonight Show. Jay Leno did a pretty good job. Conan O'Brien, while funny, he doesn't have the same amount of class as Carson or Leno. Conan O'Brien at 12:35 was a good show that was right for its time slot. He was funny; he could put me to sleep (literally). O'Brien just doesn't fit into the 11:35 time slot. Leno is not right for 10:00 pm.

  4. If he can't beat Letterman on NBC, who thinks he can do it on FOX?

    • Fox will allow Conan to do whatever he wants. Now he has brand new material. He can carve Leno and NBC to start. Conan wont have to hid behind the "traditon" of the Tonight Show. He will be able to be way more creative and entertaining.

  5. I think Conan O'Brien is getting screwed on this deal. He might not be as classy as his predecessors, I find him quite entertaining. It is the only late night show I watch as I find all the others boring and non-comedic.
    Although I enjoyed Jay Leno while he was on, I think he should just go into retirement and enjoy his classic car collection.

  6. Bring him back to The Simpsons. This show hasn't been funny in about a decade now, maybe he can help save it. It might be an impossibly high bar that has been set though, but it's worth a shot I'd say.

  7. Leno is Moby Dick and NBC is Ahab. NBC is fully prepared to destroy everyone and everything around them just to hang on to the great white whale, Jay Leno.

  8. Conan is the funniest host besides Craid Fergusson, Leno should retire, Letterman reminds me of the grumpy old man yelling at people to get off his lawn and Kimmel is on life support, and has been made public many times. To expect Conan to beat Letterman only 5 months in is nuts. It took Leno years to get his audience and beat Letterman.

    I hope Conan goes to Fox, either way NBC is screwed, As Fegrusson will kill Fallon in the raitings, and after watching his show I have no idea how Fallon got a show.

  9. What is this crap about "classy?" Comedy takes many forms. And those who hop on the painfully nonthreatening Leno bus (i.e. the geriatric crowd) are always replaceable. NBC actually still thinks the ratings game is only about the "big four" networks. This, of course, is why they are in last place. Pull your heads out of your ass, NBC. Cosby is no more, Cheers is buh-bye, Seinfeld left on a high note. Either repeat what you had or step aside. But don't blame it on not having what you *think* you should have.

  10. He's not funny anyway.

  11. LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: ALAS, THERE IS STILL SOMETHING IN THE US OF A THAT IS CALLED "EMPLOYMENT AT WILL." AND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT ALSO APPLIES TO ACTORS, ACTRESSES, AND NITE-TIME COMEDIANS. WHEREVER JAY AND CONAN END UP, "EMPLOYMENT AT WILL" IS THE ANSWER. THAT MEANS, IF NBC HAS THE WILL TO ACCEPT CONAN'S DEPARTURE, IT ALSO MEANS THAT THEY WILL NEED TO ACCEPT TO PAY HIM A LARGE PIECE OF CHANGE FOR NEGATING HIS CONTRACT. ALSO, IF JAY CHOOSES TO TIRE OF THE WHOLE NBC NONSENSICLE BUSINESS AND DECIDES TO SEEK OTHER EMPLOYMENT, IT IS STILL CONSIDERED "EMPLOYMENT AT WILL." I DIGRESS.

  12. It's about time the NBC execs screwed their heads on again Obrian was never funny nor was his sidekick what ever his name is??NBC should have never moved Leno to 10:00.The bottom line is that leno gets better ratings than anylate night host!!! what the hell was the NBC suites thinking??? Oh, I know if's it's not broken break it!!! Look… it's all about ratings because ratings = MONEY period. The NBC suites that made this change should be fired.Send O'Brian back to fox to do whatever…. He might be a good comedy writer so let him write for the Simpsons again!! Remember forget what blogs say it's all abouy ratings!! and Leno was on top!!

  13. maybe cocoa can get a deal from fox and move back to new york which he probably likes better …his lawyers are probably looking over the contract closely and will be the ones cashing in

  14. I think it's the show itself that made Conan funny and the bands he's showcasing makes the show energetic.